Have A Nice Life, The Pleasance, London
By William Russell for The Herald
THIS sparkling, witty musical started life a year ago as a rehearsed reading by the Group Theatre in Belfast. It proved so successful that Plug Productions, who have presented it in its subsequent incarnations, was born.
It was seen on the Fringe at last year's Edinburgh Festival under the title Closure. Now, reworked by its patently abundantly talented composer and writer, Conor Mitchell, who also directs, it is getting a London showing.
The gimmick is simple. Six troubled souls, two men and four women, turn up for a group therapy session presided over by the clearly none-too-stable therapist Neville (Chris Robinson). It is, of course, a variation on Chorus Line, with its inquisitor director and the auditionees, but minus that show's glossy sentimentality and more than a hint of Sondheim. click for more