You won’t find a show with nudity, comedy, puppetry, tragedy and death in such massive measures as graduate production Sell-By-Date.
[DISCLAIMER: Yes, my boyfriend is in this show. No, this isn’t bias. It isn’t a review. It’s a synopsis.]
Tragicomedy. A dramatic genre the average layman like you and I are probably unfamiliar with. Quite self-explanatory nonetheless- a mixture of tragedy and comedy. And let’s be honest, there are few things more tragic than death. But graduate theatre company Marbleglass from The University of Northampton have jumped in at the deep end to prove the topic of death on stage can indeed possess comedic value.
The four members [Sophie Murray, Ashley Sean- Cook, Joseph Derrington and Marcus Churchill] developed the show from scratch; a product of their final year dissertation project. Deciding to construct the piece around the effect of tragedy and comedy genres have on each other, death seemed to be a major tragic throughout.
The premise of the play is clever; each actor playing out their own life with its trials and tribulations. Now, something past reviews have mentioned is the way in which you are drawn into the lives of these characters. Each scenario unfolds and will be something you can relate to- whether you’ve experienced it or not.
Comedy is not to be forgotten however, as each moment you begin to feel the character’s pain, there will be something hilarious in the pipeline that will confuse you as to whether not it’s ok to laugh! Nakedness, vulgarity, dancing and puns are aplenty, and these promise that this play revolving around ‘passing on’ doesn’t die a death.
Touching, witty, fun and honest, you’ll be dying to see it again before it’s even finished. Death- it’s a funny thing.
See Sell-By-Date at BedFringe this summer on July 21, 22 and 26 on stage at South Bank Arts Centre, Caudwell Street, Bedford at 7.15pm. Tickets £5, www.bedfringe.com.