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Review: Flat Out, at Upstairs at the Gatehouse

20 June, 2019 — By Eileen Morrison

Jake Mitchell and Jennifer Matter in Flat Out. Photo: Darren Bell

ALL the action in Jennifer Selway’s Flat Out takes place during an afternoon in a rather neglected South Kensington flat whose owners are illegally sub-letting to make ends meet.

The dialogue is very tight, with no wasted words, and unlike many farces, is set in the present.

Fast-paced and excellently cast and performed, it deals with a wide range of modern topics, including Brexit, tube strikes, sexual morality, scheming, unscrupulous estate agents, east European cleaners, social class, London’s housing problems and redundancy, to mention just a few.

But what really sets it apart is the humour, which is non-stop from start to finish, where it culminates in a hilarious, happy ending for seven and a rather less happy ending for one.

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