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Wet Weather Cover, King's Head Theatre

Wet Weather Cover, King's Head Theatre

Oliver Cotton's fine debut is a sharp, dyspeptic comedy about cinema

Unfair weather friends: Steve Furst (left) and Michael Brandon Simon Annand

"Plays about cinema tend to be written by people who have done some movies, come back and filled their fountain pens from their spleen," the Oscar-nominated screenwriter Larry Gelbart once told me. David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow is probably the best-known example, followed by such works as Christopher Hampton's Tales From Hollywood, Martin Crimp's The Treatment and, most recently, last week's The Little Dog Barked. Oliver Cotton's diverting comedy (they are invariably comedies) sits very snugly in that long dyspeptic tradition, bringing few fresh insights to the party but lifted by some sharp writing and a trio of outsize, roaring-boy  performances that threaten constantly to split the seams of this compact venue. Tip: try not to sit in the front row.

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