A group of students from the London School of Economics branch out into theatre, and fall a long way from the tree. In a much too intimate performance space, the cast grapple about the stage fumbling scene changes in the black outs and perform a stylised, yet incoherent piece of theatre inspired by Urban Gypsy culture.
The script was entertaining at times, capturing the mundane and making root vegetables the subject of dry comedy, but whilst these moments were achieved, at other times they buried themselves under excessive shouting. It seems, therefore, that the play was driven by its aural qualities (for better or worse) and they could have utilised the original music score much more effectively to help the flow of the piece. Through the use of soundscape and jerky movement routines, the performers demonstrated their talents as expert whistlers, and this was the strength of the piece, as they were able to create an atmosphere using sounds and harmonious noises.
These routines were clever but discordant to the intermittent acted scenes, and this mix of performance styles congealed rather than blended, only highlighting the spare actor; whose sole purpose seemed to be the token choral singer. This undermined the sense of company value of the ‘Revolving Shed’, as they were clearly strongest, although cluttered when performing as an ensemble.