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Review: Diary of a Nobody, at King’s Head Theatre

Talented, high-energy cast play 45 roles in incredibly well-crafted production

10 November, 2017 — By Elmira Tanatarova

The four-man cast of The Diary of a Nobody

THIS Mary Franklin-directed retelling of The Diary of a Nobody is fast-paced, visually unique, and truly laugh-out-loud hilarious.

The plot of the play is driven by main protagonist Charles Pooter’s (Jake Curran) notion that his thoughts are just as worthy of public admiration as any other famous thinker.

With this we are greeted with the whimsical, awkward and pun-fuelled daily seemingly trivial happenings that nevertheless are documented and commented upon by Mr Pooter.

Each story feels warm and charismatic: His wife Carrie (Jordan Mallory-Skinner) is cross with him when he paints the bath-tub red, and his son Lupin (Loz Keystone) changes his name from William, while their housekeeper Sarah (Geordie Wright) bustles in the background.

Between them, the high-energy, four-men strong cast play 45 roles. Small costume changes, facial expression changes and posture adjustment are all it takes for the talented actors to alter their demeanour without a moment of confusion.

With praiseworthy physicality, this production is an incredibly well-crafted and designed ode to the original illustrations of the Grossmith brothers’ 19th century comic novel and the engineering of the stage is riddled with charming additions.

In combination all of this results in the success of The Diary of a Nobody, which is equal parts comic and heartfelt.

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