12/2/10, Southwark Playhouse
A rather disappointing production of the Brendand Behan classic in the Southwark Playhouse's new premises underneath the arches below London Bridge station (only occasional train rumble audible).
We saw it once before in an Irish production at the Barbican. I don't remember the songs (very Theatre Workshop, for whom this piece was originally written/designed), and it seemed more involving then.
The performances here weren't strong enough (particularly the hostage, who spoke in a rapid monotone), the playing space (audience on three sides; rudimentary set including staircase and landing across the back) seemed alienating.
Competent but no more.