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Casual Violence: Choose Death
Published on Friday, 01 July 2011
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Marlborough Theatre (venue website)
Theatre
7 May, 5:30pm-6:30pm, 7:15pm-8:15pm; 6, 8-9 May, 7:15pm-8:15pm

 Suitable for age 15+ only.
 Warning: Contains strong language and nudity.

Did your invite for the Abbey get lost in the post?  Never mind – we’ve found another wedding for you, which swaps the pomp of state for a good old dollop of youthful fun.  There’ll be toe-curling speeches, family feuds and flying cake… and you, dear reader, can meddle as much as you like, since you’ll have a place at the heart of it all.

We can’t tell you a huge amount about this interactive show, not least because it sounds like the kind of act that too much fore-knowledge would spoil.  But we’re promised the chance to settle down for a wedding breakfast in the wonderfully intimate Marlborough – gossiping with Grandma, poking around for hidden secrets and, of course, partaking in a glass of the wedding-day bubbly.  With each audience member cast as a relative of the bride or groom, we can expect improvisational pandemonium for those who choose to get involved.

The Rotten Wedding’s had one outing before: it beat 25 companies to win a coveted debut appearance at the Takeover Festival at York, where local trumpet The Press pronounced it a “joyful riot”.  Hove-based Trail Blaze aren’t long out of university, and there are bound to be some rough edges around such a playful idea.  But we’re raising a glass to these young experimenters – we’ve a hunch their big day will be a happy one.

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