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tHere are so many things right with this stylish take on the tale of th­e­seus’s son De­mophon from young com­pany Ob­sta­cle pro­duc­tions, that it feels a lit­tle un­fair to give it only three stars. But in spite of all its clever flour­ishes of stage­craft and the young cast’s abun­dance of wit and charm, the end re­sult is oddly two di­men­sional. tech­ni­cal ac­com­plish­ment is all very well, but it’s no sub­sti­tute for gen­er­at­ing emo­tional en­gage­ment.

David Asher and Clark Crewe get things off to a crack­ing start with some nicely judged comic pre­am­ble; un­for­tu­nately the be­liev­abil­ity of their char­ac­ters only serves to high­light the shal­low­ness of the main play­ers.

As De­mophon, a prince who goes look­ing for myth­i­cal beasts to slay only to find him­self ship­wrecked on an (al­most) un­in­hab­ited is­land, Mark Arm­strong seems to be de­fined by lit­tle more than his thirst for glory and, when he meets the beau­ti­ful Cora (Vic­to­ria Weir), by his all-con­sum­ing love for her. the whole point of Cora is that she is a blank slate – sim­ple, child­like and en­tirely with­out dreams – so while we can pity her, we can’t re­ally em­pathise. that leaves her fa­ther, Kal­is­trate (Miles Bar­den) as the only char­ac­ter with any depth – and he isn’t on stage for nearly long enough.

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Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day 5:50pm.

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