REVIEW – OPERATION MINCEMEAT – NEW DIORAMA THEATRE

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8th June 2019

Review by Shaun Tossell

“…God, that’s brilliant”

Operation Mincemeat is based on the unbelievable true story of the covert mission that helped win World War II. A group of secret agents hatch a plan to trick the Nazis with fake secret plans and a corpse. What could go wrong?

SpitLip, the creators of this hilarious and bonkers show, have made something rather special. Taking a crazy true-life story that not many of us know about and turning the zany up to 11.

The songs are clever, witty and just plain amazing, ranging from jazzy numbers, rap and something akin to a K-pop boyband number. I was laughing thoughout the show until they threw in a heartfelt ballad, sung beautifully by the incredibly talented Jak Malone. The absurdity of which, he was portraying a middle-aged woman singing about loss caused by the war and had most of the audience tearing up by the end of it.

With minimal staging and clever use of lighting, the focus is squarely on the immensely talented cast who make full use of the stage, transporting you to a swanky club one minute or a deep-sea submarine in the next.

All of the cast impressively switch between multiple roles during the show, playing different genders, accents and ages all to hilarious effect.

We need more theatre like this, brimming with humour, inventiveness and originality. Aided by brilliant funny songs, hilarious script and a fantastic cast, this makes for a brilliant musical and I have to say this one especially is a bloody good one.

Find out more about SpitLip – https://www.spitlip.com/

Find out more about the New Diorama Theatre – https://www.newdiorama.com/

Photo credit – Savannah Photographic

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