Middle Child Theatre are currently to be found rocking Hull Truck with their latest offering based on the book written by Richard Milward and adapted by Luke Barnes.
This slice of real life in modern day Britain is a genuine delight to view in a very big way, yes it has controversial subjects at its heart, but they are done in the most beautifully funny way, with just enough grit as well to make it a serious piece of work at the same time.
With a thumping soundtrack and great choreography, this is an intense, high-octane production which oozes with great energy, the characters are very well established early on and the music, singing and background only add to the atmosphere.
The cast of Marc Graham (Bobby) Annabel Betts (Georgie) Sophie Thompson (Ellen) Ed Cole (Johnnie) and multiplayer Matthew May (Alan Blunt/Lewis) keep the unmistakable flow of the fantastically strong script as high as it needs to be.
The show is masterfully crafted by Director Paul Smith who’s talent for taking on very different projects shines through with wonderful precision and the music by Jamie Orvis and singer Anna Wilson make this production even more vibrant.
There is a definite political connotation but this is not about political bashing, it is just there as a reminder of the backdrop to modern British life and the issues it faces.
The changing images on the two big screens at the back of the set genuinely help to tell the story, while some of the language is quite heavy you do understand why it is and accept it from the cleverly woven story.
Yes it does contain occasional sexual scenes but they are done in such a way that you can’t help but laugh (particularly look out for the one with a dubious French accent from an extremely unlikely source) and, despite the controversial subjects, there truly is nothing controversial in the way these are communicated.
Ten Storey Love Song runs until Saturday 12 March and is definitely one for the adults to go and watch.
You can buy Tickets here, ring the box office on 01482 323638 or call into the theatre on Ferensway.
Words | Ian Judson
Images | Jerome Whittingham