A Buddha statue sits prominently downstage centre, radiating out a message to the audience: “keep your eye on me, something terrible is about to happen to me”.  The anticipation of disaster and predicting which of the various elements will likely go wrong is at the core of a work like Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy, currently in production at the Arts Club.

  You know from the start that the Buddha is in danger and the joy comes in is seeing when/how the object will ultimately meet its demise.  It’s kind of like sex in that you know there should...

Julie McIsaac and Charlie Gallant in Black Comedy. Photo: Emily Cooper.