Thirty Two Teeth

THEATRE
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Thirty Two Teeth
C Soco

When relaying the plot of this production to a friend, the story of three adolescents who kidnap the tooth fairy to harness her powers, she mistook ‘tooth fairy’ for ‘fir tree’. If only. This would surely be a hundred times better than the carcass of a performance on offer by Jam Jar Productions at C Soco.

You read right – a group of teenagers take the tooth fairy hostage under the belief that with each tooth she is given, she can positively influence your life. The script I was forced to suffer was an endless mess, a sea of hackneyed expressions worsened only by the poor acting skills of the company, interrupted by overblown wails as the characters debate how they are going to obtain enough teeth to exploit the magic of the supernatural being. Screaming to be seen as mature and profound this production cannot escape the level of theatre expected by GCSE students partial to adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and physical theatre about anorexia. I audibly moaned with nausea at the entrance of this tooth fairy character, a jumble of earth tone fabric rags and childish face paint that stumbled through a succession of monologues that confirmed the writer worthy of mutilation. The extent of the actress’ skill can be relayed in her pantomime expression of interest – her hand rubbing her chin. Tied to a chain far too long to give any sense of restriction the audience were granted a series of mimed tumbles that were so forced it wasn’t long before the various weapons on stage became an attractive means of escape. With a cliché fantasy soundtrack, the artistic vision of a fetus and a complete lack of humor or irony the director needs to take a big step back.

Its shows like these that make me wish I lived in Japan.