‘Night Of The Living Dead’ Live Was Created For No Other Reason Than For Pure Entertainment!
Night of the Living Dead delivered a grand and ambitious performance that made me forget about everything else other than what was going on in front of me. I didn’t even succumb to the usual temptation to have a quick sneak peak at my phone to make sure I wasn’t missing anything more important than my own fulfilled enjoyment.
Based on the 1968 independent horror movie written/directed by George A. Romero, the story happens all on one night when a group of strangers lock themselves away in an old house trying to survive a sudden infestation of flesh-eating zombies who are terrorising a small town in Pennsylvania, USA. The first half, though extremely funny, pretty much follows the script of the film so when it closes with a suggestion of a new and alternative ending I felt an immediate adrenaline rush into the unknown.
Filled with hilarity, the second half leads the audience through a plethora of alternate endings that literally have you rolling with laughter in your seats. And just when you think you can’t laugh any more, you are treated to a full-blown musical-theatre-esque ending as the cast bellow out the final, and only, song!
It would be near impossible to pinpoint any one of the sterling cast as each one did a superb job of precise characterisation laced with an abundance of enthusiasm. Though, I must say, Marc Pickerings’ portrayal of the henpecked, and somewhat obnoxious, ‘Harry’ was consistent in its excellence and an absolute delight to watch. And who could write a review of this marvellous work without offering up worthy praise to the sheer brilliance of international theatre designer, Diego Pitarch as he somehow transformed the entire stage, cast and immersed audience, into the screen of an old black and white TV.
Directed by the very daring and unapologetic, Benji Sperring, Night of the Living Dead is a refreshingly unobtrusive, great night out for all lovers of comedic theatre.
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