The Last Lunch – Best New Play at the 2012 Brighton Fringe – certainly has much to recommend it.
A butcher’s family gather for lunch – but with vegan son bringing vegan girlfriend, mum has prepared a tofu casserole.
The family’s reaction is the springboard for events ranging from the down-to-earth of banal reality to the bizarrely supernatural.
Sound like a mess? In many ways it is. The ludicrous plot ends with a human sacrifice to an ancient Egyptian god, about to be reborn to a suburban teenager, fathered by her half-brother.
Yep. It’s that sort of a play.
That said, the interweaving dialogue is superbly constructed and delivered at lightning pace by the cast of 10; the one thing you cannot criticise is their timing.
Leading the cast is writer/director Jonathan Brown, partnered by the wonderful Irene Marot as his long-suffering wife.
With these two heading the show, the rest of the cast should be on solid ground.
Most are – particularly the brilliant Emily Jayne as pregnant Hannah – but there are some under-par performances.
Megan Bay Dorman as Maddy could afford to up her game a little and Jack Spooner as Andy never truly convinces.
But it is exciting theatre.
Catch it if you can.