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Theatre Review: Alternativity @ The Hope Theatre

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Written by Timothy Blore, AlterNativity follows a typical, yet slightly dysfunctional family celebrating Christmas in Billericay.

While the family settle in to a game of Trivial Persuit, the wine is flowing and Dad keeps dozing off, there is a knock at the door. Maria, who's expecting, and Joe her less than useful partner need a place to stay.

Taking the typical nativity story and turning it upside down, round and round, this new play is a rip-roaring festive treat!

Image:  Amanda Urvall Nyrén

Directed by Offie and Broadway World nominated Scott Le Crass, the cast deliver a whitty, faced paced production with perfect comic timing and hilarious relatable characters.

Chris Pickles and Gill King as Mum and Dad have a great on stage relationship as do their two sons Matthew (Jack Forsyth Noble) and Luke (Jonathan Savage). They ensure the play begins with lots of laughs right from the off!

When we meet Maria (Bella Nash) and Joe (Clemente Lohr) we are treated to another great double act. They work wonderfully together and Joe's incompetance paired with his heavily pregnant girlfriend fire up the audience for another round of gags.

A real stand out is Issy Inchbald who plays the Narrator and Essex's answer to Psycic Sally, Gabi. She is utterly hilarious. Fantastic timing and wonderful characterisation of both characters. She has the audience in the palm of her hand throughout.

Image:  Amanda Urvall Nyrén

The company work incredibly well together, working the audience on all three sides and ensuring no matter where you look there is life and laughs. An electric energy throughout.

AlterNativity runs at The Hope Theatre until the 17th December and has completely sold out. It will be transfering to The Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham for further dates from the 18th December - 22nd December.

For a real festive treat you can find tickets here.

 If you liked this, read our review of Milton Keynes theatre's Christmas offering of Robin Hood.

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