The Worst Thing You Could Do, Greenside, Review (2022)

Rating (out of 5)
Show info
Dead Cat Theatre Co.
Lily Kuenzler (writer and director), Alex Jacobs (tech) Sam Bancroft (sound)
Jon Berry (Ed/Reg/William) Stephanie Burrell (Maggie/the Spirit of Harriet)
Running time

In trying to describe The Worst Thing You Could Do, I’ve come to find it isn’t a production to be read about - it needs to be experienced. Because that’s what it is, an experience. 

At the end of the show, I realised I had sat next to writer and director Lily Kuenzler, and when she asked me what I thought, I responded honestly, “This is what the Fringe is supposed to be.”

Of the dozen shows I’ve seen so far, it’s the one I can’t stop thinking about the most. If you asked someone what the worst thing they could do is, I don’t think they could respond with anything as dark as Kuenzler’s writing - and I mean that as a compliment.

Presented as three short plays, they aren’t connected, but there is a common vein through them all; a man who does the worst things he could do at the general expense of a woman.

The first revolves around a man so alone that he doesn’t even own a second chair and a child who is too bold for her own good as they come to an unthinkable conclusion. The second shows how far a lonely widower coming to terms with his regrets and how far he will go to hold onto what he has lost. The third is a quite literal dissection of the death of a marriage and the many ways a husband does not understand his wife. 

Berry’s ability to descend so quickly into depravity and madness is spectacular (perhaps a little concerning if he ever describes himself as a method actor), and Burrell’s use of movement and physicality brought a new dimension to her already fully-fleshed characters.

If you want a spend an hour of your day enthralled by the absurd and macabre, this is the show for you. 

Tickets (£8-£10)
August 5-13 @ 16:40

Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)