Review: Searching For Doctor Branovic, Customs House studio theatre, South Shields

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Here’s a treat that deserves more than its three shows at the Customs House.

Not only does he have to confront his own wife but there’s a detective on his case and he’s left a trail of destruction as he flees from the hospital morturary.

Jay Mullen and Sarah Boulter, who play the Tylers, had an excellent rapport and some great one-liners made for an abundance of laugh-out-loud comedy.

Steven Stobbs as the mysterious Doctor Branovic, Frank Ditchburn as the amiable undertaker Mr Bannister and Steve Langley playing the Columbo-esque detective were all engrossing and, again, the delivery was underplayed and effective.

This was a professional and polished cast using basic props and lighting. It embraced the DIY ethos and should be an inspiration to aspiring actors and producers in the region.

While it was slightly disappointing to find out that Searching For Doctor Branovic is a long-established play on the amateur circuit and not new writing, the biggest disappointment is that this talented Sunderland-based professional group are only performing in South Shields.