Tuesday 12 April 2016

Hand to God at the Vaudeville Theatre - Review

Matthew 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not.

The plot centres around widow Margery running a puppet making course at her local Church as she struggles to cope with the recent death of her husband. Jason, Margery's son is an outcast amongst his peers and uses his puppet as a way to voice his growing anxieties. The issues begin when Jason's puppet Tyrone appears to have a life of its own, he becomes jealous, aggressive and possessed by the devil. Things get pretty gory, I had a few moments where I was hiding behind my hands!

My favourite character was actually Margery, she's very complex and twisted - but somehow you still end up feeling sorry for her. I don't want to give too much away, but there are many reasons why you should dislike Margery... but then she does something hilarious, or shows her vulnerability and once again you're on her side.

There are some very familiar faces in this play, including Neil Perason (who has been in everything from Midsummer Murders to Bridget Jones and Waterloo Road) as well as Jemima Rooper (The Railway Children, As If and Lost in Austen) and Harry Melling (
Dudley Dursley in Harry Potter)

I would most definitely say that Hand to God is not your average West End play, don't be fooled by the fact that the main characters are puppets - it's dark, gripping, blasphemous and littered with comedic innuendos. Plus its only on until June, so try and get a ticket before the show ends...just don't take your Catholic Grandma with you!

Hand to God is playing at the Vaudeville Theatre until June 11.

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