Photo – Helen Maybanks
Seeing someone being hanged in the opening scene of a play isn’t what I would call a positive start to an entertaining evening. While the performances by the cast of Hangmen cannot be faulted the play puts into question the inevitable question ‘Were those hanged guilty’?
This quasi-comedy takes a serious subject and interjects comical overtones. The opening scene shocks and whether anyone can laugh at such a serious and questionable subject must depend on your sense of humour. For me, it shocked.
The play, directed by Matthew Dunster, touches on several different issues but also brought into question the morality of the police force, and whether they are above justice.
An intense and macabre evening that highlights a lot of questions on a variety of subjects. Thought provoking and because of the subject matter a play I would hesitate to recommend, it is certainly one that encourages further discussion.
Running for a limited season to 5 March 2016
Tel. 0844 482 5120 www.hangmentheplay.com
Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed and Sat. 2.30pm
Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DA.