A Halfway House

A new eccentric comedy from Muzzle The Pig opened at The Etcetera Theatre on the 26th June to critical acclaim.

Remote Goat – 4 Stars

The jokes come from both circumstance and word play and make me wish I was more familiar with Muzzle The Pig’s other, more conventionally comedic work as it is genuinely laugh out loud funny in more than a few places.

Of the three “helpers” it is Looks, played by Luke Kaile, who perhaps deserves to be spun off into a play of his own. A washed up actor who “once did a commercial” is perhaps the most complete of characters here and also the most convincingly played. This is very much an ensemble piece however and it is praise that the ensemble must get for making this the entertaining evening that it is.

Story – 

Muzzle The Pig presents, A Halfway House, a unique performance that is one part comedy play, one part sketch show, with the sketches linking into the play’s story.
Ron is at his lowest point in his life. He has suffered a string of tragic events over the last year and finds himself cooped up in his home, swigging back whiskey and picking skin flakes off his feet.
Drunkenly, Ron chooses to advertise his home as a halfway house, a place where others can come join him in getting through their hardships. Three people turn up, a power-hungry ex-business woman; an innocent farmer who believes Walt Disney will be the second-coming and a squatter who’s secretly been hiding in Ron’s house. Ron now has a chance for salvation, if he can help these strangers as well as fight his own demons. But is there more to these three than meets the eye?

Cast –

Ron – Richard Keeble

Roller – Megan Affonso

Mercer – James Butler

Looks – Luke Kaile

Crew & Thanks –

Hanaa Ennasr El-idriss – Tech

Eisha Campbell – Tech

Kate and Charlotte – Etcetera Theatre

Trinity United Reformed Church (Wimbledon) – Rehearsal Space