comedy tells the mostly very funny but sometimes sad story of the
weekend night binge and 'cattle market' scene.
- they can smile!
cast's portrayals of all the 40 or so characters such as Baz and
Gaz, Plain Elaine and Sexy Susie are hilariously familiar, but there
are also a few subtle intrusions of social comment from the 'bouncers'
in-your-face preaching, but just enough to make you think about
what you have just seen.
of this 'comment' comes in the short monologues of Lucky Eric, played
by John Altman. But while he takes on the serious bits, his versatility
as an actor as he swiftly moves from cocky Baz to 'fat bird' Maureen
and back again will be a revelation to anyone who only remembers
him as 'Nasty' Nick Cotton in Eastender. I found him very funny!
this is a piece where you can't pick out one actor for special praise.
Altman is joined on stage by fellow soap bad boy Nigel Pivaro (Terry
Duckworth in Corrie) as Judd, Christopher Connel as Les and Andrew
Dennis as Ralph. And all four cast work together superbly with boundless
energy and enthusiasm.
they play hilarious cariacatures of lads on the pull and the slightly
tipsy girls, plus a whole host of other people that you are likely
to encounter on your night out, from the hairdressers and barbers
to the cheesy radio DJ and sleezy club one. And of course, they
also portray the bouncers, who are ever present and see and comment
on it all.
moving play, it both requires and gets slick and amusing choreography.
an almost bare stage, they are able to recreate all the different
areas with just words, actions and facial expressions. They do it
so well that even in the theatre's large auditorium, the whole audience
feels involved and you can almost smell the urine in the men's toilets
and feel the crushing discomfort of the bar.
that this doesn't sound particularly pleasant, but what you will
feel most is recognition - and laugh, cringe and maybe even shed
a tear at the futility of the Saturday night ritual!
our interview with John Altman >>