Penny Dreadful's Etherdome
Penny Dreadful and Richard Jordan Productions
Assembly George Square
This company sets out to recreate the world of the Victorian music hall or Vaudeville, though from an American viewpoint.
An acting trio of Dennis Herdman, Denise Kennedy and Philippe Spall play three ambitious men who battled to find the first effective anaesthetic, plus a handful of their associates. The rivalry can be bitter and even continues beyond the graves.
The tone throughout is that of slapstick, complete with perfectly timed sound effects and meticulously designed costumes to allow exactly the desired level of cross-dressing.
Reviewer: Philip Fisher