The Guardian Student Drama Award winner is a chunky mélange from the Oxford Theatre Group, marrying a biography of Alexander the Great with the temptation and fall of a mediaeval monk. Richard Steadman-Jones is an adventurous writer, but sometimes overstretches himself: his verse is patchy, his archaisms sloppy. The company switch between song, storytelling and conventional drama. Paul Connolly as the Monk suffers a nicely racked crisis; Rupert Warren's demon is a creation of subtlety and power.
Written for The Independent.
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