It looks like a duck, it smells like a duck, it definitely has a beak – but it’s just… not. One of the many thoughts occupying me during Penny Dreadful’s (not the sketch troupe) Etherdome, a history of the invention of anesthesia. It had everything I should like in a show – scientific history, shadow play, outlandish characters and brief segues into emotion. But it just… didn’t. The story itself was intriguing, but locations and structure weren’t grounded enough to avoid confusion, while the performances hit panto shouting when the tone should have been knowing wink. So close but… no.
Tickets: £14 (£12)