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BrumHour saw Twelve Angry Men at the invite of The Alexandra.
By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Review: Twelve Angry Men at The Alexandra
⭐⭐⭐⭐”A thrillingly tense drama”
Directed by Christopher Haydon written by Reginald Rose
Set in a court deliberation room, twelve unnamed male jurors find themselves considering the outcome of a trial whilst the life of an accused sixteen year-old boy is at stake. If he’s found guilty he will be executed.
Featuring a cast led by Patrick Duffy with Tristan Gemmill, Michael Greco, Ben Nealon, Gary Webster and Gray O’Brien, this production features a huge table which very slowly rotates as the story progresses.
It confidently explores themes of proof, innocence, intent and hearsay as well as brute force “persuasion”.
I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this production. The constant movement of characters and shift in opinions are filled with light moments of humour as well as tense moments where fights might just burst out all over the stage.
Michael Greco is a total scene stealer in the first half, whilst Tristan Gemmill and Patrick Duffy’s building face-off become the main focus later on. The audience can really feel Gemmill’s anger from the stage whilst Patrick Duffy’s constant assuredness make him electrifying to watch.
A thrillingly tense drama, Twelve Angry Men is at The Alexandra until 5th November 2023. Book tickets here: atgtickets.com/shows/twelve-angry-men/the-alexandra-theatre-birmingham.