Review: Murder on the Dancefloor at The Pleasance
4★★★★

Bursting with energy, Murder on the Dancefloor is physical theatre at its high-octane best. Dealing with real challenges facing millennials in 2019, this clever performance sends the audience tearing towards a climactic finale.

Back for their third year running, Pleasance graduates Spies Like Us return with an original story which tells the story of Sabrina, an initially optimistic graduate struggling to find her way in a city she’s not lived in since moving away for university.

The pressure on graduates to get a job, fly the nest, and maintain healthy relationships with the people they’re closest to are all themes which dominate this vibrant performance which ultimately has a dark narrative at its heart.

Some of the best moments occur during the frenetic montages which see the ensemble cast writhe in time to the perfectly selected score. The ingenious use of light throughout makes the performance cinematic.

The sweat beads off the brows of the talented young cast who play a variety of roles between them. Thanks to such a tight story and considered character development, the audience is never in doubt of what’s going. The group’s trademark playful physical style is captivating and sends the audience hurtling along with them in the intimate venue.

Phoebe Campbell delivers a stand out performance as Sabrina as she spirals feverishly through life, leaving family and friends in her wake as her behaviour becomes increasingly erratic in her attempts to fit in and find happiness.

Written and directed by Ollie Norton-Smith, Murder on the Dancefloor is an example of bold physical theatre which hasn’t forgotten about a solid, accessible storyline.

A performance which touches on real issues affecting young people trying to find their place in the world, Murder on the Dancefloor is an upbeat gem worth getting your groove on for.

Murder on the Dancefloor runs at The Pleasance at 2.15 pm until the 26th

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