Spray

Would you risk it all for a five minute thrill? 

Spray

What an unexpected pleasure from the Korean Theatre Directors' Association. Spray is one of a kind. It's deliciously dark and full to the brim with temptation and satire.

Spray tells the story of a very average man whose life reads like the obituary of a bachelor, who died alone and was only discovered because someone complained about the smell.

Going through the motions of his mundane life as the manager of Shoe Store, everything changes when he accidentally opens someone else's parcel. From theft, to manslaughter and the mysterious death of his neighbours noisy cat, he's caught between his moral conscience and his desire to get away with it all.

Spray is beautifully done. It's mime and caricature, it's moving sets that have been innovatively designed and routines that have been extremely well practiced. A truly exhilarating piece that depicts themes of human nature, temptation and suppression.

Even though the whole show is in Korean, it was so well written and so well directed, you didn't need to understand Korean to know what was going on. This made the screens either side of the stage with the translation of the play a little disappointing. I felt it took something away from the performance, especially because you find yourself watching the screens instead of the actors and, believe me, the actors were way more interesting to watch. 

However, putting that to one side, it's a very unique performance that deserves a lot of merit. 

If you’re looking for a break from all the stand up comedy and sketch shows, this is the play to take you there. 


Spray is playing @ Assembly Roxy, 14.35, Central Stage. 

Header Image Credit: fotobee.co.kr, [email protected]

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Saskia Calliste

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Saskia is the Deputy Editor of Voice and has worked on campaigns such as International Women’s Day, Black History Month, and Anti-Bullying Week. Outside of Voice, Saskia is a published author (Hairvolution) and has guest featured in various other publications (The Women Writers’ Handbook/ Cosmopolitan/ The Highlight). She has a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism and an MA in Publishing. She is a mentor for Women of the World Global, has guest lectured at the University of Roehampton and has led seminars/panel talks on Race, Equality and Diversity. She was a 2022 Guest Judge for Dave (TV Channel) in search of the 'Joke of the Fringe'. She is 27-years-old, based in London, and loves to cook and explore new places in her spare time.

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