The Rough Cuts brand at the Royal Court presents works-in-progress, and in the case of Will Adamsdale's The Victorian in the Wall a piece very early on in its development: According to Adamsdale's introduction they've only been devising it for the last few days, from an idea he'd been knocking around for a few months. Presumably the idea behind letting an audience in to these two performances is to see if it's worth working on any more, and I would say it is: Adamsdale plays a lazy writer who's getting a wall knocked down in his house, which has the side-effect of releasing the ghost of a Victorian man. Co-devisers Jason Barnett, Chris Branch, Matthew Steet and Melanie Wilson play all other roles and provide live sound effects to comic effect, and if they can find a way to transfer the ramshackle charm into a fully-staged show it could be very entertaining. They need to decide how much to use the chorus of cockney neighbours though, they either need to be ditched completely or integrated a lot more. As the show stood tonight, they appeared at the start and then when they eventually reappeared later it took me a while to remember who they were. Fun though.
Rough Cuts - The Victorian in the Wall by Will Adamsdale is booking until the 12th of November at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.