Fast Labour

This event has now finished. Until Jun 21 2008

Time Out says

Craig Kelly's Victor may only be able to say 'Want work' in English when he arrives, but having once owned a sausage factory in the Ukraine, he's determined to make his mark. His brazen manner endears him to Anita, the Human Resources officer, who is coaxed into helping out. Cleverly, Waters shows us how Victor suffers in the first half, but by the second when he has managed to become a gang master himself, the playwright need only hint at how Victor inflicts the same pain. He and his colleagues believe they are merely helping their fellow country men to get work, while Victor enjoys his luxury house in King's Lynn. Waters's play is too ponderous, the conclusion melodramatic, and the characters dull, despite a strong, if tonally monotonous, performance from Craig Kelly as Victor and from Joseph Kloska as the chippy Lithuanian Andrius. Ian Brown's production does its best to spice matters up with a neat use of video and lashings of Led Zeppelin, Victor's favourite band. But, once again, a fascinating subject matter fails to translate into a gripping play.

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Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3 3EX

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