This popular comedy has a spectacular opening with four very wet middle managers struggling ashore on a small island in the middle of Derwentwater in the Lake District.
They’re on an outward-bound team building exercise and their boat has sunk.
Although the sight of four middle aged men struggling into dry clothes and trying to make the best of a bad job produces a lot of laughter, the mood in the theatre gradually changes.
Rescue is a long time coming and the tensions between the group surface with dramatic results.
The four actors were superb at managing to convey what was irritating about each man as well as his inner troubles and anxieties.
Paul Leonard was powerful as Gordon, the loner who uses comedy to attack other people while Richard Brightiff continues to show Queen’s audiences how versatile he is by charting the changes in Angus who goes from being the over-organised perfectionist to a man who questions his own conformity.
The desperate attempts of Neville to smooth over all the problems were well captured in Neil Boorman’s fussiness and Simon Jessop was very convincing as the troubled Roy.
An elaborate, solid and very watery set gave the actors a good background on which to have their rows, sulks and life changing experience.
Powerful theatre which kept the audience’s attention.