Despite the presence of Nancy Carroll and Shaun Evans, Moira Buffini’s Manor proves a disappointment at the National Theatre.
Ear for eye, Debbie Tucker Green’s new play for the Royal Court, is ferocious and uncompromising and challenging and quite often breath-taking.
The result in Instructions for Correct Assembly at the Royal Court may be that we’re not as moved as we feel we ought to be, though there’s much dark wit here. Maybe we’re the problem.
In what has been a slightly over-earnest Winter season for the Royal Court, Instructions for Correct Assembly is their best show since Anatomy of a Suicide last summer, and both use a family structure as the basis for explaining the long-term effects of grief and loss.
The trouble with Instructions for Correct Assembly is that for a drama which depends on the contrast between humanoid robots and real flesh and blood, there are no sympathetic human beings.