Let Them Call It Mischief’s production of The Alchemist certainly can’t be accused of being dull, no matter what your perspective on this Ben Jonson satire full of preposterous characters, ludicrous mishaps and all-encompassing mayhem.
Some audience members will revel in the boisterous hilarity, but for others the silliness and slapstick may be a bit much.
Of course, the cast members are completely on board with the tone of the show and Andrew Venning as the flamboyant Mammon is the stand-out performance, camping it up with incredible zeal. He is a great improviser too - playing along when a prop broke and chasing after an attractive audience member who attempted a subtle, temporary exit.
Ed Cartwright’s conman Subtle is an imposing yet comic figure and director Danny Wainwright does well as a last minute replacement for lead character Face. Stephanie Hampton is delightful as the minxy Dol, who is all bosoms, bloomers and blue humour.
Yet, although there was plenty of laughter at the press night performance, the show will certainly divide its audience - be advised that unless you like your theatre to be unsubtle, idiotic and bawdy, then you might want to give it a miss.