Theatre Review: Tobacco Road @ Pleasance Theatre
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This explosive piece of physical theatre throws us back to 1920’s London, where gangsters rule, and the route to success for many goes hand in hand with living the life of a criminal. The actors of Incognito Theatre company, directed by Roberta Zuric, deliver this high-paced piece with vigour and commitment. As Tobacco Road begins, we are thrown directly into the peak of the action, where we meet the gangster crew Tobacco Road. Each of the five members are standing on a retro box, these boxes being the only things on set, pointing imaginary guns out towards the audience. Then the play quickly shifts back in time to 6 years earlier when the group was formed. This takes us back to when the two sneaky ladies Frida and Elsie (Atlanta Hayward and Jennie Eggleton) framed a local group of petty criminals Tommy, Felix and Alfie (Angus Castle-Doughty, George John and Alex Maxwell) for a crime the girls have committed, and by remarkable coincidences, the two groups ends up teaming up, forming the gang of Tobacco Road.
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