Don’t miss this autumn’s star-studded comedy hit from the multi-award winning writer of Calendar Girls and Kinky Boots.
Neville’s Island follows the misadventures of four out-of-condition, out-of-their depth businessmen on an out-of-control team-building exercise.
Shipwrecked in the Lake District, menaced by wildlife and with only a sausage between them, our unlikely explorers battle the elements and each other as corporate bonding descends into a hilarious carnival of squabbling, French Cricket and cagoules.
Gordon – Adrian Edmonson
Neville – Neil Morrissey
Angus – Miles Jupp
Roy – Robert Webb
Directed by Angus Jackson
Written by Tim Firth
Firth makes some sharp points about male insufficiency but I get the sense of a good 90-minute idea being stretched to fill the requisite two-act running time.
Michael Billington, The Guardian
Ultimately, though, the problem is that the play feels flabby. The idea would sustain an episode of a sitcom, but stretched beyond two hours it seems much too thin.
Henry Hitchins, Evening Standard
After a while, no one in the theatre could have been yearning to get off Neville’s Island more than me. It feels like a rather feeble comedy sketch that had been stretched out of all recognition into a two-and-a-half-hour play.
Tim Walker, Daily Telegraph
The prospect of discovering what the blood was about, where Angus’ wife was, what Roy’s secret was and how the four get along was not sufficiently compelling to require attendance for the second Act. The titular Island may be an unknown quantity but it is not a place where laughter abides.
Stephen Collins, BritishTheatre.com
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