Wily operator: Leo Bill in Ellen McDougall’s Show 4 alongside Adelle Leonce (Helen Maybanks)
It’s part of the fun of the Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre season that you’re not supposed to know anything about the play you’re going to watch before the action begins.
As it turns out, the plot of Show 4 is so convoluted and the dystopian retro-futuristic setting so fuzzily imprecise that you probably won’t be much the wiser about what’s going on half an hour in. That’s not a bad thing: thanks to the pacy inventiveness of Ellen McDougall’s pared-down direction, the opacity proves an incentive to keep concentrating.
Nemo (Leo Bill) is a wily political operator who harbours outrageous ambitions behind his bland bureaucrat exterior and who plans to climb the greasy pole of power by deploying the Marilyn Monroe-like charms of his sister, Victoria (Katherine Pearce).
Hayley Squires’s script is loosely based on John…
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