THE POPULAR TV series Breaking Bad has been turned into a one man play, aptly named ‘One Man Breaking Bad’, Emily Ingram was at the Lowry last night to watch it…

Alongside the angular architecture and muted tones of Salford’s Lowry, a comic one-man performance of AMC’s smash-hit crime drama Breaking Bad seemed a curious juxtaposition. Yet, true to his newly forged reputation as king of the ‘unauthorised parody’, actor Miles Allen was able to fulfil the bemused expectations of the audience with surprising ease.

Kicking off the evening was none other than the instantly-recognisable theme song of the show, attracting a trickle of claps from dedicated fans in the audience. This soon turned to raucous applause as the eponymous star bounded onstage, armed with copious amounts of energy, ‘throw the pizza’ dance moves, and an incredibly apt impression of beloved character Jesse Pinkman – who, it was soon revealed, was to guide the audience through the plot twists and turns of over 60 episodes. With a little help from some minor props (a single blonde wig), season one was over in a whirlwind 15 minutes of slapstick violence, pop culture references and loveably farcical special effects.

As season two began with the emergence of a frustratingly familiar pink teddy bear, it quickly became clear that this was a show made by Breaking Bad fans, for Breaking Bad fans. In true parody style, each character was thoroughly rinsed of every catch-phrase, quirky personality trait or annoyance, from Walter White’s slow descent into evil to Walter Jnr’s love of breakfast. Audience participation was also rife throughout the show, as the interval was preceded by Allen giddily encouraging volunteers to partake in a pizza-tossing contest onstage, allowing them to directly re-enact a fan favourite scene.

Following a full-cast version of Miley Cyrus’ immortal classic ‘Wrecking Ball’, part two commenced with a recap of the first three seasons in record timing. Despite the 80-minute timespan, the show remained true to its name: each and every major plotline was thrust upon the audience, with some pretty major characters being both introduced and killed off in the matter of a single musical number. As the performance drew with vigour to its energetic close, perhaps it can be said that the highlight of the evening was the swift introduction and, naturally, explosive exit of Hector Salamanca – portrayed with nothing other than a bell as an instantly recognisable prop.

If you haven’t seen Breaking Bad, it may be unfair to dub this a must-see night of comedy. But for all those who have, the event will prove to be a hilarious journey into the world of ultra-fandom, with quite a few totally necessary mentions of the word ‘Bitch’ along the way.

By: Emily Ingram

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