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It began with a gunshot, but what was running through the minds of the Black Hand gang before the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand? An onstage group of musicians skilfully play feverish strings and deep drum patterns as ‘Principle Parts’ unfolds. One standout scene interweaves the frantic comedy of the blundering gang members with the realisation of the danger at stake for all, should they fail. Very occasionally the tempo falls flat as the characters muse over the mundane and there appears to be little reason behind why one actor plays both parts of assassin and Archduke, but overall this is a fun-filled nod at history that aims high and doesn’t miss its mark.
C soco, 4 – 29 Aug (not 15), 2.05pm (3.05pm), £6.50 – £9.50, fpp289.
tw rating 4/5