THREE BEERS AND A CHEERS
"sinister yet playful"
Vermin embraces death and darkness and the enjoyment that a sadistic couple derive from it. It's like a fucked up snow white, in a good way. The language is sinister yet playful, which couples well with strong performances from Sally Paffett and Benny Ainsworth. There is an immediacy to the piece which claws you in with relative ease, like an unlikely story told off the cuff by an ominous stranger.
The narrative is interesting enough. The power in the piece lies in the darker shades. Throughout the play there are frequent allusions to mental illnesses, OCD is given as an explanation for Ainsworth's antics, I felt this could have been explored a little more.
All things considered, it was a very enjoyable show, and a great start to the Fringe. I would recommend checking it out, or if time has passed, at least checking out their website.