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Fred by Beatrix Christian develops its characters and situations with consummate skill and invention The writer uses characters we recognise instantly but examines them in a way that is predictable and leads to compromising situations After viewing Fred you are left with two questions is there really any meaning in it or is it just designed purely for entertainment The piece portrays certain themes for example love death sex and lust throughout the performance but doesnt examine them thoroughly enough to give the viewer a sense of realisation after seeing it The themes are portrayed in cheesy tasteless situations and arent really comical You see each event fold out after the next each one more inane than the last You automatically see that the characters are all based on stereotypical personas which leads the production along a path that is easily predictable and unchallenging The production forms a classical Police sitcomdetective novel which tries desperately to grab laughs but fails However the set designer must receive credit because due to the lack of substance this piece has one of the only things keeping it afloat is its innovative use of lighting and sets The set of white doors which is one of the main features of the set are used to symbolize the gates of heaven They are used for the Star City Casino and for the Morgue that shows the realisation that yes heaven would be great but there is still the fact that you die The green shagpile carpet covering one of the walls is an imaginative feature of the backyard setting used to represent grass and the use of the fold-up Hills Hoist are worthy of mention Every scene is done in the same area the use of lighting is used to change the location it developed barriers I found this to be quite inventive The use of the body as a main character is used throughout the performance
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