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Mischief Theatre gave us the funniest hour of 2013 with The Play That Went Wrong. In a bigger theatre with a bigger budget (but without bigger prices), they now have a revolve, flying capability and multiple settings. The higher production values (well, until the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society get their hands on them) increase the possibilities and increase the laughter count.

Prior to the performance, a road accident affected some of the lost boys which required some game soldiering on and some re-casting. Nine actors (and the stage manager) now play all roles. The more complex set allows even more things to go wrong and there are lots of hysterical moments as actors and set interact or the set acts on its own. Add in inappropriate entrances and exits, fluffed or forgotten lines and costume failures and you have some sublime comedy.

However much the set does, it is of course the performances that make it and the comic timing is outstanding; you’re constantly aware that we’re a split second from real disaster. Six Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society regulars are joined by two newbies, with the last show’s stage manager now promoted to actor and the lighting & sound man promoted to stage manager. The new lighting & sound operator is as much of a star and will no doubt be up for promotion soon.

It was great to see Mischief move from improv to the last show and its great to see it scale up so successfully. There may be fewer laughs per minute, but there are more laughs overall. It’s just about to finish, but it will surely return, and when it does you should be there. In the meantime, catch The Play Thar Went Wrong on tour.

Will I laugh more in 2014? Somehow, I doubt it.

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Little Bulb’s Orpheus at BAC – the most extraordinary cocktail of concert and storytelling

Paper Cinema’s Odyssey at BAC – more storytelling, with music and charming lo-tech projections

Mischief’s The Play That Went Wrong at Trafalgar Studios – more laughs in 60 minutes than any other show – ever

Cush Jumbo’s Josephine & I at the Bush – two biographies intertwined in a virtuoso performance

ONEOFUS’ Beauty & the Beast at the Young Vic – two biographies intertwined with a gothic fairytale

PIT’s The Universal Machine at the New Diorama – a timely play with music about Alan Turing

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