REVIEW: FLUMPS @ BARONS COURT THEATRE
📍 Barons Court Theatre, 28a Comeragh Road, London W14 9HR
🗓 Thursday 25th August 2022
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GRASS ROOTS THEATRE AT ITS VERY BEST
Tucked away in a small performance space under a pub, last night a little piece of exceptional storytelling was happening and I was reminded why I fell in love with theatre in the first place.
Flumps is an incredible piece of theatre, written by Emma Pallett, which covers grief, loyalty, determination, love, and much more besides.
This was essentially what I call raw theatre, almost reminding me of my college days. If you are a true lover of theatre, and not just the big West End shows, then plays like this are essential to attend.
The set was simplistic but very effective and with multi-functional props this was an ingenious bit of staging which had obviously been thought about in great detail. The audience was sat on two sides of the performance space and the play had been blocked to accommodate this so no matter where you were sitting, you never missed a thing.
Mixed with puppetry and 90's tracks, this production was a perfect cocktail of performance.
Left without their mum one summer, 13 year old Harvey (Susie Coutts) and 8 year old Felicity (Emma Pallett) are left to fend for themselves. The adults were utterly convincing playing these young characters. The play ran for an hour and not once did either of them break character. Attention to detail in their movements and speech patterns was a joy to witness. You really did believe in these children and became so invested in their story.
There were laugh out loud moments as well as truly heart wrenching scenes and the intimacy of the venue meant that the characters emotions transferred to you.
Brilliantly written, cleverly staged and sublimely acted, I urge you to head on down to Barons Court Theatre and witness a bit of theatrical magic. Be quick though, Flumps has its final performance on Sunday 28th August so there's not much time left to catch it. Cancel all Bank Holiday plans and put Flumps straight to the top of your must see list.
Tickets can be purchased on the door or in advance at www.baronscourttheatre.com
The play was brought to the stage by Hoo Hah House Productions. Hoo Hah House creates 'whole new worlds' of theatre with a sustainable female focus. To find out more about them and their work head to www.hoohah.house.
All views are my own and I pride myself on being honest and free from influence.