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    A Pissedmas Carol , Leicester Square Theatre – Review – Everything Theatre

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    It’s all easy to write off Sh!tfaced Showtime and their sister group Sh!tfdaced Shakespeare as one trick ponies. After all, when your unique selling point is that one cast member is randomly selected during the afternoon to get, to put it bluntly, shitfaced, you can easily see what that one trick is going to be. But it really is lazy to lay such an accusation on their barstool, because take away the drunken actor, and what you are left with is still a fun piece of theatre that has a certain type of appeal for a certain type of…

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    Taking the concept of drunken performances to a new high, Sh!tfaced Showtime offer up a show that is the perfect way to start your Christmas merriment.

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    It’s all easy to write off Sh!tfaced Showtime and their
    sister group Sh!tfdaced Shakespeare as one trick ponies. After all, when your unique
    selling point is that one cast member is randomly selected during the afternoon
    to get, to put it bluntly, shitfaced, you can easily see what that one trick is
    going to be. But it really is lazy to lay such an accusation on their barstool,
    because take away the drunken actor, and what you are left with is still a fun
    piece of theatre that has a certain type of appeal for a certain type of
    audience; probably the type of audience that loves a little bit of panto along
    with plenty of booze.

    Sh!tfaced Showtime’s A Pissedmas Carol takes Sh!tfaced
    Shakespeare’s original idea in a direction that, in many ways, is even more
    enjoyable. Whereas with Shakespeare the sober cast members work within the
    confines of what many see as dry script, by expanding into more light-hearted
    texts, it allows them to take even greater liberties. And liberties aplenty they
    take with the Dickens classic, turning it into a toe tapping musical that would
    likely work (almost) as well without the drunken presence of one member. Of
    course, once you do throw in a drunk to annoy and haunt Scrooge, well, that is
    a whole next level of ridiculousness that justifies the cost of the bar tab required
    to tank up tonight’s drunk.

    Tonight, that drunk is Daniel Quirke, who we’re informed at
    the outset has so far downed two bottles of lager and a very large part of a
    bottle of Morgan’s spiced rum. After a very panto-esque introduction from Will
    Seaward, bombastic compare and a very passable Charles Dickens, our drunk is
    introduced as a worker in Scrooge’s office. As much as he tries to stay on
    script, tongues, as well as limbs, are a little looser, and those thoughts that
    may normally stay within one’s head are suddenly being vocalised. The classical
    writing of Dickens is not quite adhered too, but then if you want the classics
    respected, this really is not the show to see.

    As much as Quirke generates plenty of laughter with his
    random utterings or failure to remember the next line, it is the remaining cast
    that silence any accusations of being that one trick pony. The level of improv
    is remarkable, quickly picking up on the smallest utterance of their drunk
    colleague and weaving it into the plot. When Quirke calls Scrooge a tosspot
    early on, it becomes a running theme that is returned to time and again as if
    it was part of the script all along. When Quirke decides to lick a colleague’s
    nose in way of greeting, it becomes the standard for all greetings throughout.
    It’s this improv that brings much of the laughter.

    Better yet, the musical numbers demonstrate just what the
    cast can do sober. Weaving in A Fairytale of New York and Last Christmas, amongst
    others, allows the trio of Hal Hillman, Issy Wroe wright and Katy Baker to both
    show off their acting skills as well as demonstrate how best to deal with a
    drunk colleague. They manage it so smoothly, these are the people you’d want
    looking after you if you happened to be out for a night on the tiles yourself.

    The show is clearly not going to be everyone’s cup of tea (or
    bottle of beer). However, Sh!tfaced Showtime deserve their place in the theatre
    world, offering something different indeed. A Pissedmas Carol is pure
    drunken fun and a fine start to the Christmas period.

    Original story by: Charles Dickens
    Written by: Lewis Ironside
    Directed by: Katy Baker
    Produced by: James Murfitt & Issy Wroe Wright
    Box Office: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873602726
    Booking until: 5 January 2020



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