Review: King Chaos, Tristan Bates Theatre

King Chaos is a sci-fi Comedy about morality, destruction and power. Two agents from ‘The Federation’, a resistance movement against the King’s ‘Syndicate’ movement, are on a mission to overthrow the current regime. Set in the future, agents Gary and Tyler lead a troop to overthrow King Jeffery’s ruling over the galaxy, along with his trusted advisor, Sponge. Goofball King Jeffery rules over the entire galaxy – except specifically Swindon – by using wars and destruction to keep everyone under control. All the characters are loveable idiots and have the potential to make matters better or worse in the galaxy as they argue over who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.

There is something wonderfully childlike about this performance – well, other than the swearing and slightly violent themes. The story brings playground games to mind where all you need is a good imagination to take you anywhere. The nativity of the somewhat sillier characters is resemblance of Hugh Laurie’s Prince George in Blackadder.  Although it is set in the future, it is hard to pinpoint just how far, as references are made as far back as the 80s band Toto and as recent as LOL and ROFL. As with most of this show everything is quite random and doesn’t always make sense but it is always really funny.

It should be a real giveaway when the king’s entrance music is the same music associated with Star Wars’ Darth Vader however, neither king particularly lives up to the assertiveness and intimidation introduction music.  The play’s ending comes as a really unexpected twist in the unravelling of events.

The small cast of four very contrasting characters are an absolute delight to watch. The entire hour of the play is joke after joke so there is very little pause between laughs. At times it appears that they are completing improvising their speeches due to weird timings and talking over each other accidently. Overall, the chaos – as promised by the title – is delivered from start to end.

Writer, Steve Jordan has written this play as the successor to his previous stage adventures. King Chaos, along with its predecessors, would make a great television show (Blackadder meets Dr Who) with its fun-filled adventures, rash but endearing characters and senseless storylines.

King Chaos plays The Tristan Bates Theatre until 15 August. For more information and tickets, see the Tristan Bates Theatre website. Photo by Bad Bat Productions.