A hard hitting, often dark play based on true life events, Too Much Punch For Judy at the Camden Fringe Festival explores the fallout of a tragic drunk driving accident. How do your decisions affect the lives of those around you?
It’s a piece designed to capture the hearts and minds of its audience post-tragedy that none wish to experience. It follows the life of Judy [Alice Imelda] and the heartbreaking aftermath of a single in the moment decision that will change the course of her entire life. The commitment of Alice Imelda to her role is commendable. Sometimes a lack of emotion emanating is just as captivating as an overblown breakdown, as Imelda demonstrates.
The cast of six here remains strong, each bringing their own experience and brand to their performance. Edward Mitchell’s PC Caten is a real masterclass in the subtleties of expressions and how important they are in a space that’s quite so intimate. Merely feet away from the audience, every performer is under constant scrutiny and the smallest gesture conveys the largest message.
Richard Blackman’s Duncan stands as an innocent unknown bystander to a horrific accident. A special moment forming with the audience – he becomes an everyman. Alana Ramsey [Jo] delivering an emotional depiction of loss in human form. A call out to the dedication and commitment to characterisation.
Though plagued with a few sound issues – props being louder than speech and an unfortunately placed speaker directly above the audience – little was lost. The set is simplistic and occasionally lacking specificity, yet this cast works round this with enthusiasm.
Too Much Punch for Judy is an emotional tale of how much we can lose through our own actions. It leaves many questions. Do we learn from our mistakes or are we just creatures of habit?
Gay Times gives Too Much Punch For Judy – 4/5
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