Review | Things We Want | Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

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The UK premiere of this comedy takes its turn on the award-winning Hope Mill Theatre’s stage and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

The themes of grief and how different people react to it is met with comedy as three brothers living together for the first time since childhood. Drugs, love and new age spirituality consume their search for purpose until a surprise visit from an upstairs neighbour turns everything upside down and challenges all the brothers thought they believed.

At first, the acting was a bit hammy and bit over the top on the comedy acting, like an American sitcom. But after a while, it toned down a bit as the actors relaxed into the show.

With such a small cast, the team worked well together to create a dramatic and tension-filled piece of theatre. Each actor holds there own, but there was a stand out performance from Alex Phelps playing the role of motivational mastermind turned drunk Teddy.

William J Holstead makes the perfect drunk turned positive sober businessman of Sty, who seems to be the level-headed brother of the three, and Holstead’s comedy is

Paddy Young who plays Charlie and Hannah Ellis Ryan who plays Stella are the love-stricken couple that who have to deal with a number of problems.

Director Daniel Bradford’s take on this script is clever and fast-paced. During the interval, I was eager to know what happens next and find out how the story would end up.

Sadly, the ending was a bit underwhelming. The tension and drama had built up all through the show, and the ending was just a bit disappointing. But maybe that’s a metaphor for life, that there’s all this big build up and it never turns out like you expect.

THINGS WE WANT IS PLAYING AT HOPE MILL THEATRE WEDNESDAY 30TH OF MAY – SATURDAY 9TH OF JUNE, AND YOU CAN BOOK TICKETS FOR THINGS WE WANT HERE.

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