‘Entertaining & often ludicrous pandemonium’: PITY – Royal Court Theatre

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Royal Court Theatre, London – until 11 August 2018
Guest reviewer: Amy Toledano

Walking into the Royal Court to see Rory Mullarkey’s new show Pity, one is welcomed by a full brass band, a working ice-cream stand and a heck of a lot of colour. The energy in the room is buzzing but has a slight edge. From the first moment, it is evident that this show is going to be a new theatre experience for me.

A brilliant and highly energised cast bring us this story of a typical town, where typical things happen. Until they don’t. From the moment the first bolt of lightning strikes, it is clear that Mullarkey is intent on taking the audience through a saga of war, bombings and confetti that leaves nothing to the imagination.

It is impossible to single out any one performer, as the entire cast works together perfectly, a well-oiled machine that has slick choreography and highly energised movement to keep the audience on their toes.

The language is flowery and dances along with the movement of the piece, drilling home a message of atrocities and bloodshed in a world of ignorance and self-absorption that is so prevalent today. The set is heaving with props and the appearance of a motorised army tank on stage makes it apparent that no expense has been spared for this production.

While the show delivers an entertaining and often ludicrous performance, the pandemonium starts to drag and it feels as if the show may never end (although this may be intentional).

Pity will keep you guessing with what is coming next but also have you hoping for a few moments of calm amongst the mayhem that is this show.

Pity runs until 11 August.

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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.
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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.