The Gift of the gab


Dark Comedy


Ross Boatman, Madalina Bellariu Ion, Charlie Allen, Ivanhoe Norona, Michael Roberts, Harold Addo, Lewis Bruniges


England 1979. The bitter ‘Winter of Discontent’. Strikes. Picket lines. Mountains of rubbish choke the snow bound streets. The Iron Lady is set to bag No 10, and 'Misstra Know It All' isn't only in the pop charts… in Rizzini’s Cafe, a backstreet Italian greasy-spoon in the heart of Brighton, the last of a dying breed of Knocker Boys (door-to-door conmen), are each trying to talk their way into one last major score, before the law, the new Sale of Goods Act, and the rapidly shifting sands of British society catch up to them. And if that score should happen to include the priceless lost memoir of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, and a beguiling young waitress from Naples, then so much the better.


‘Strong chemistry … strong comic performances … detailed set and sound design means the Winter of Discontent has never felt closer… The 1970s pop culture references flow thick and fast… could use another half an hour with these characters.’ The Stage --- ‘Playfully witty banter—delivered exceptionally by Ross Boatman, Michael Roberts and Charlie Allen, whose ensemble lampoons of ‘70s popular culture and political climate are truly a thing to behold’. London Student --- ‘Amazing set… Tarantinoesque dialogue… sharp and funny… echoes of Pinter and Martin McDonagh and a soupcon of the Ealing comedies’ LondonTheatre 1 --- Sim E Sigh's set is beautifully observed. Devon Opp's costumes worn by a cast perfectly suited to the their roles. Nicely judged performances. Reminiscent of Minder and Only Fools and Horses. Broadway World