Review: FUDGE ⭐⭐⭐⭐

THEATRE

FUDGE    

Gilded Balloon Patter House.  V24

July 31st to August 26th

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 stars)

Charlie, Ben and Sophie are at home in their flat in Bristol. Very soon Ben is due to leave to live with his new man in Swindon – what Bristolians might consider a sad fate. Charlie has been off sex for two months. An amazing length of celibate existence. Could this have anything to do with his barely suppressed feelings for Ben?
There are gags a minute, and the audience laughs heartily. Ben is confident and sophisticated. But we begin to wonder more and more about just how suited he is to his new man. They do not seem too warm over the phone. Is this relationship more an achievement than a passion? Charlie does not seem to be too happy – he is plainly struggling with his celibacy, and we enjoy his neediness. Sophie offers advice.
Sophie(Rosanna Hitchen) has had it with her man, and the flat resounds with condemnation of him. Charlie (Jonas Moore) needs approval for his new lifestyle. Meanwhile Ben (Neal Costello) does his best to exude assurance but is he in crisis?
A truth or dare game is instigated. Now this is dangerous….and the audience waits with bated breath to see what disastrous slip of the tongue may happen. What secrets might be forced out?
The evening continues; drink, pills and unexpressed desires pass the time. Tempers flare, and Charlie and Sophie exchange home truths. The situation is continuously funny, but we continue to wonder if the elephant in the room will be spoken to. This makes for continued audience involvement, but at the end it may seem that things have just come full circle – or, has Charlie learned what he most needs to learn? You will have to make up your own mind.
But the show is a laugh aloud bundle of fun, so sit back and enjoy the ride.
TONY CHALLIS