Irma Vep is an exercise in high spoof and dexterous acting. Two actors play all of the play’s eight characters in a hilarious quick-change marathon. Set in Mandacrest, an isolated manor house on the Yorkshire moors complete with revolving bookcases, morphing portraits and hidden trap doors, this play sports more monsters and more mayhem than Twilight, which was never this ridiculous on purpose!
Durban Theatre Awards 2007
Steven Stead and Mike Gritten
Best Set Design
Fools’ Awards 2008
Neil Stuart Harris
Tina Le Roux
“King’s production is slick and hilarious, aided of course by his sublime talents for set design. Steven Stead and Michael Gritten are superb as they dip in and out of eight characters between them. The timing and rapport of these two performers on stage is seamless… the costumes are a force to be reckoned with, and Neil Stuart-Harris has tailored everything with magnificent detail… Tina le Roux’s skilled lighting design adds dark gaiety to the spoofed moments of terror… this show will have you screaming with laughter, thanks to the combination of the skills of so many talented people.”Emma Nicholson, Daily News
“The Mystery of Irma Vep, a handsome Durban production, is a scream in more ways than one. It’s an absolute blast, actually. Bravo to unfailingly excellent Greg King and his exemplary performers, multiple-award winners Michael Gritten and Steven Stead. Both are simply superb.”Billy Suter, The Mercury
“Combine the theatrical talents of set designer and director Greg King and actors Steven Stead and Michael Gritten into one production, stir well until the plot thickens, and you have the most amazing piece of camp theatre yet to come from the KickstArt kitchen! Under King’s direction, Gritten and Stead have the audience in stitches from start to finish in what can only be described as one of the most madcap, zaniest, mindboggling pieces of theatre yet seen in eThekwini.”Tommy Ballantine, The Sunday Tribune
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