Director: Tom Oxenham
Writer: Dawn King
Reviewer: David Doyle
Something has happened in England and the foxes are to blame, or at least that’s what everyone has been told. That’s the premise of Dawn King’s award winning play, which sees a couple’s farm investigated by one of the country’s foxfinders to see if it’s contaminated by foxes. It’s a weird and interesting look at a dystopian English society as the government continues its battle to eradicate the foxes.
In this production Master of None have managed to produce a wonderful and intensely captivating version of King’s script. There are strong performances throughout with Alexander Stutt’s performance as William Bloor, the man dispatched to investigate the farm being of particular note. Stutt’s presence on the stage is captivating as he crafts a character that seems so out of place with the world around him and is instantly engaging. The quartet of actors work wonderfully together, and combined with Tom Oxenham’s tightly directed piece have managed to create a world that seems both entirely removed from our own yet frighteningly close to it at the same time.
One of the most impressive aspects of this production is the design, which is executed perfectly. Combining a simple set and costumes, with atmospheric lighting and a haunting sound design, the production feels polished and complete, and allows a space for King’s narrative to play out with such success. This sleekness helps in creating a striking production of a wonderful play that really hits all the right notes. With fine acting and design as well as delving into some incredibly interesting topics in an exciting and unusual way, Master of None have created a show that’s definitely worth catching before August is out.
Runs until 30 August 2015