Since the pandemic hit we’ve generally been giving live shows the benefit of the doubt – we’re aware that many may have had difficult journeys from concept to stage, plays have been cancelled, postponed and rearranged, rehearsals may not have gone as planned or to schedule, restrictions have changed at short notice… the list goes on.
We’ve been happy to turn a blind eye to minor, occasional shortcomings if the overall experience is still enjoyable. However, Kerry Jackson sadly falls far short of the high standards we usually expect from the National Theatre.
It has a redeeming feature in that Cold Feet’s Fay Ripley does her best with the material she’s been given as the titular Kerry; hers is a lively and energetic performance which held our attention.
In this new play, Kerry is a leave-voting entrepreneur who has opened a Spanish restaurant in the gentrified Walthamstow Village.