Review: New Wimbledon Theatre Studio hosts dark comedy
Parashar is kidnapped in Bad Ladz
July 17, 2023
Bad Ladz is a dark comedy offering a 65-minute theatre experience that will make you smile, tap your feet to nostalgic music and generally just enjoy a good night out.
The story unfolds as Mickey (Freddy Elletson) discovers his best friend Darren (Jay Mailer) has kidnapped Asda worker Parashar (Nicholas Prasad) as he owes him some money.
The hapless pair hold Parashar hostage in Mickey's Nanna's bungalow while she is away on holiday. They soon discover that Parashar is the cousin of local hardman Raj (Maanuv Thiara), and with the help of their friend Tony (Carl Stone) they struggle to work out a way of the situation they’ve landed themselves in.
Mickey's Mum has recently died and the urn containing her ashes is visible throughout the show and plays its part in the drama's occasional slapstick elements.
As Mickey's mother was a fan of 1980s music, you'll get to hear tracks from the likes of New Order, Annie Lennox and Soft Cell throughout the performance. Added to that are some clever and artistic dance movements performed by the cast at key moments.
The five characters successfully capture the sense of a working class gang of Northern lads - right down to their clothing as well as spot-on accents. It's no surprise that the story of Mickey and his pals continues to a happy ending, and you'll be entertained along the way.
By Sue Choularton
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