Wednesday 3 August 2011


An energetic cast including Leslie Grantham and Richard Gibson (aka Dirty Den and Herr Flick of the Gestapo respectively) made the best of Peter Gordon's tiresome comedy thriller "Death by Fatal Murder".

I was annoyed to detect flagrant "false corpsing", that is when an actor pretends to corpse (i.e. break out of character uncontrollably to laugh at the play) in order to get laughs when the play itself isn't very funny, a cynical ploy which I'm afraid most of last night's Swansea Grand audience swallowed hook, line and sinker.

The news this morning reports that theatre attendances are at a record high, good for the industry but not necessarily a sign of optimism as this could equally signal Weimar-style fin de si├Ęcle exuberance. Or am I just a pessimist?