The ‘Hooky’ of the title being Captain Hook from Peter Pan. This is Olly Fry’s examination of the border between childhood and adulthood, in which he slips in and out of the Hooky character, taking off his frock coat and cocked hat (and hook, of course) each time. It’s a little disconcerting, probably intentionally. This is no kids’ show, and the feelings expressed can be very dark indeed, bordering sometimes on the psychotic, in a semi-surreal, almost Dada-esque performance full of stuttering pauses, occasional shouting, and constant sudden changes of expression and mood. What to make of it all? Fry is certainly an accomplished performer, and the show is a bit of a roller-coaster ride that leaves a breathless and bemused audience to sort out afterwards what it might have meant. It certainly isn’t dull.
John Christopher Wood