Gripping war tale comes to the stage

MHDE The Body of An American
MHDE The Body of An American
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Review - The Body of An American at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton.

A tale of war photography and male friendship makes for a compelling show.

Staged in a very intimately packed Underground stage, The Body of An American sees two friends, one haunted by the prize winning picture he took years before, another struggling to finish his play about ghosts.

The show is absolutely gripping from start to finish. William Gaminara and Damien Moloney, playing not only the two leads, but every other character in the show, are absolutely superb. The several different accents used throughout the show are also of a high standard.

Given the close proximity of the audience to the action, the acting has to be even higher than usual and both rise to the occasion.

For a play about war photography and seeing humanity at its worst, there are several lighter moments in the show and plenty to have the audience laughing.

Review by Steve Mills

The Body of an American can be seen until Saturday. For tickets call 01604 624811 or visit www.royalanddderngate.co.uk.