"Finn’s dad has just died. But so has his fish," says the blurb for Spurt, and I admit I went into the show expecting a mildly poignant coming-of-age story but not much more. A nice solid three stars production.
Not a bit of it. This is a play about death, yet it's genuinely funny. It's novel and has touches of audience interaction, yet it's not one of those godawful egotistical plays based on the premise that the audience will just love watching actors clumsily batter down the fourth wall so they can tell us about their lives. At 60 minutes, Spurt is also the right length.
I don't want to say too much about the specifics of the play. The audience reaction to the method used by the actors to hit them emotionally is important.
Spurt isn't going to set the theatre world on fire but it's an enjoyable and astute performance.
Spurt continues in the New Theatre until 14th July 2012 as part of the 10 Days in Dublin festival. Tickets cost €10.