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Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1
1PT. Box Office 01206 573948 or boxoffice@mercurytheatre.co.uk


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      28.10.2000 01:42
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      This was my first visit to the Mercury theatre in Colchester, and I was pleasantly surprised by the venue, the locality, (very near to the car park on a cold night and also opposite a nice old-fashioned pub called 'The Hole In The Wall' for a pre-performance drink)and the reasonably priced tickets (£6.50 for an excellent view.) Mark Little has been in the West End for some considerable time with this production which many friends had recommended, so the opportunity to see it locally was too good to pass on. Performed in a very 'stand-up comedy' style, 'Defending the Caveman' works broadly on the theme of gender differences, and men as the hunters, women as the gatherers. At face value it sounded as if this would be the kind of thing we have all now seen and heard a million times before - men and their beloved remote controls, women and shopping -but not so. Although Mark Little covers these subjects, he does so in a refreshing way, and develops a real rapport with the audience. Watching him it is hard to believe he has done this stuff so many times over. He truly seems to enjoy the performance. The subject is extended and presented with a new take. Conclusions on the subject are reached, and there are some 'dramatic' moments to break the whole one act performance up a bit. A very worthwhile show and one which I would highly recommend to anyone wanting a fun evening out.

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