Twelve Men Good And True


Up In Smoke Theatre Co Ltd
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How does one measure the guilt of another? This is the question which Twelve Men Good and True aims at its audience as a man standing trial for a brutal string of sexually motivated child murders addresses the jury at the close of his trial, pleading with their judgements in various ways, and citing examples from other famous murders.

The brevity of this play actually works in its favour, as the piece would become stale if left to languish in its own seediness. From the start it's clear that this is heightened reality, as the accused Michael Steele not only regales the audience with the descriptions of the crimes but mimes the actions of the gruesome details as well. It asks many questions but offers no answers, but the general feeling is that there is something still missing from this production and as such it never quite meets expectations.

Reviewer: Graeme Strachan