Losing the plot but keeping the interest

Steve Huison  in Losing the Plot, written and directed by John Godber '''pic credit Mustard Seed Media
Steve Huison in Losing the Plot, written and directed by John Godber '''pic credit Mustard Seed Media
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Losing The Plot The Pomegranate Theatre

Playwright John Godber is back with a rib-tickling new comedy all about the frustrations of modern life.

Steve Huison, famous in these parts as Lomper, the security guard in The Full Monty, plays Jack Munroe, a disillusioned middle-aged arts teacher who becomes ever-more cynical.

After initially finding solace in wine, he shocks long-suffering wife Sally (Susan Cookson, a veteran of Casualty) by quitting his job and disappearing for three months to ‘find himself’ by living in a tent.

But on his return, Jack finds she has turned the tables by writing a book about his most intimate secrets - which becomes a hit.

The play got barrel loads of laughs from Jack’s witty one-liners - and Huison’s and Cookson’s deadpan delivery was spot-on.

Godber’s script is bang up to date with his references to social and political Britain of 2013.

These include Jack’s astonishment that people actually find the humdrum details of everyday life so riveting.

A parallel could be drawn with the rise of reality television and shows such as Jeremy Kyle.

The dialogue was occasionally laboured but there was enough humour to keep up the interest.