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Kafka's The Trial and The Wizard of Oz.!


Theatr Clwyd & Hijinx , Theatr Clwyd, Mold. , June-28-17
Boho.   by Theatr Clwyd & Hijinx Hijinx is a company in which actors who have learning difficulties work alongside actors who do not. Boho is a show, devised by the company, which is a co-production with Theatr Clwyd.

Daniel Lloyd, a familiar face from Mold's pantomimes, plays a corporate executive who finds himself undergoing strangely disconcerting questioning and then is immersed in a crazy, unnerving world. It is rather like a cross between Kafka's The Trial and The Wizard of Oz.

Two Hijinx performers are the inquisitors. Lucy Green and Kenny Harman are particularly good at the song and dance numbers which they deliver with enormous charm and skill in movement.

Daniel Lloyd is terrific in his body language ranging from cocky at the beginning through coming apart at the seams during the inquisition to superb song and dance man merging into glib salesman of pill panaceas.

The other on-stage cast member is musical director, Barnaby Southgate, whose keyboard delivers Hanna Noone's music with great delicacy, adding greatly to the varying patterns of the show.

A word too for the bright and garish designs of Erin Maddocks, abetted by the lighting of Ceri James. Other members of Hijinx appear as a projected film chorus, peering in at the interrogations.

As a show it is a little incoherent but at an hour it never outstays its welcome and it has moments of real magic. My favourite, Daniel Lloyd's delight at realising he can play music by moving his feet from square to square in the set's flooring.

Reviewed by: Victor Hallett

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