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Review: NUTS’ ‘April in Bloom’

May 13th, 2017 | by Carys Rose Thomas

As I entered Wylam Brewery on a summer’s evening, I had no idea what was in store for me. In truth, I was a bit miffed that I had to sit inside for a few hours on such a lovely day, but not for long.

I find myself most often let down by comedy. Comedy is like a horrifically temperamental house plant, if you feed it even a droplet too much or too little, it slumps over into one miserable veggie heap just waiting for the compost. However, if you get it just right, it’s bloody beautiful.

‘April in Bloom’ was one of the funniest things I’ve seen all year. Its carefully crafted characters and quick wit comedy had me in stitches from the start. I particularly enjoyed watching the Character of Humphrey, who had the air of a moderner Basil Fawlty without seeming too identical to the character. The character of Angie was also outstanding; constantly larger than life in her actions and expressions, she was a definite audience favourite.

The play had fantastic farcical nature and was wonderful part of Drama Fest

Given this was a student production, I was also very impressed by the quite extensive set. It also allowed for wonderful moments of comedy. As the characters’ evening fell apart, so did the set, allowing for a fantastic visual representation of the unraveling of various inter-characters relationships.

Overall play had fantastic farcical nature and was wonderful part of Drama Fest. I didn’t know what was in store for me as I began the evening, but what I found was truly delightful. A massive round of applause to all of NUTS for putting on such stunning shows.

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