Review: Inspector Norse, LipService, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, to March 7

Sue Ryding and Maggie Fox of LipService perform the hilarious Scandinavian crime spoof Inspector Nor

Sue Ryding and Maggie Fox of LipService perform the hilarious Scandinavian crime spoof Inspector Norse at Ipswichs New Wolsey Theatre. - Credit: Archant

From an explanation of the extensive (extensive) training needed to Nordic walk correctly to the great opening titles, Sue Ryding and Maggie Fox’s self-assembly Swedish crime thriller had everybody in stitches from the start.

The discovery of a body with a walking pole in its head sparks a surreal, clever, howl with laughter adventure as Inspector Sandra Larsson and her sidekick Erik encounter members of a 1970s’ Swedish glam rock band, several trolls and drunken moose as they try to unravel the mystery.

Celebrating our obsession with Scandinavia crime stories, there were plenty of nods to The Killing, The Girl With trilogy, etc, without alienating those unfamiliar with the genre.

Fans of physical humour, sight gags and witty wordplay will still love this affectionate spoof. The car journey to the murder scene is worth turning out for alone and the sight of two moose weeping while watching Bambi will stay with me for a long time.

The partially knitted set, including a dead body and internal organs used in the hilarious autopsy scene, was amazing too.


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I can’t say any more without spoiling it. Just go, you won’t be disappointed.

WAYNE SAVAGE

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