It's Headed Straight Towards Us London Reviews and Tickets
Bland, Resonant, Fiery, Insipid, Entertaining
About the Show
Rufus Hound & Samuel West star in Adrian Edmondson & Nigel Planer's new comedy.
Two actors are stuck in a trailer on location in Iceland. The trailer is parked on the side of an active volcano, and the glacier is melting. Actors Hugh Delavois and Gary Savage as the film they are meant to be working on collapses around them and the trailer they are in begins to slip, their contempt for one another begins to seep through. An avalanche wipes out the only escape road...
Stuck with the dualling actors is 21-year-old Leela, the runner on the film, and supposed seismology expert. As their arguments and point-scoring become increasingly fractious, it is down to Leela to keep them in check.
Rachel Kavanaugh directs multi-award-winning actors Rufus Hound and Samuel West in this new comedy.
“The playwrights toe the line, pushing the boundaries of properness to the point that one wonders if now is the right moment for a play of this kind. While the entertainment business keeps imploding, the piece refuses to properly utilise its thematic plotlines as full-on satire. All in all, it’s a quirky vanity project with a few comic gems and too many unwieldy junctures.”
" 'It’s Headed Straight Towards Us' is steeped in theatrical lore and references, infused with 'luvviedom', and will be catnip to anyone obsessed with acting and actors. It’s also very funny, rip-roaringly so if you’re in the performing arts or are close to somebody who is."
"Edmondson and Planer’s script is peppered with actorly jokes that are guaranteed to get a laugh...But when the name-calling and the petty jealousies are set aside, prompted by the gradual onset of physical danger, we catch glimpses of the flipside."
"Packed to the brim with punchlines, and with three great performances at its core, 'It’s Headed Straight Towards Us' is another excellent outing for the Off-West End Park Theatre. Pacy, witty and laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a brilliantly entertaining evening."