Written By Robert Farquhar
Presented by Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
11th March 2011 - 2nd April 2011
Photograph by Helen Warner
The final new play at the soon-to-be renovated Liverpool Everyman, this
comedy/farce hits the nail on the head in regard to the clubbing scene
in the city and its alcohol, drug driven culture, of which this is the
highlight of the week and every week, for many of those involved.
The two main protagonists are lonely heart Frank (Alan Stocks), recently
divorced and looking for a bit of TLC, alongside wide boy Vince (Con O'Neill),
who is dismayed to discover his girlfriend Cindy (Samantha Robinson) -
with their relationship under strain - on a blind date with Frank.
This results in various consequences. for Vince and Frank, cleverly paired
together in a fast flowing and comical production.
On meeting Frank Cindy leads nothing to the imagination, downing a double
vodka in one go, and asking him to have sex with her.
The two guys are complete opposites. Although never stated, Vince is
maybe a drug dealer - snorting copiouis amounts of cocaine - is a serial
lier, and has his own accountant, who follows him around like a puppy
Frank, on the other hand, is unassuming and wants a undemanding life.
But despite their different lifestyles, their friendship grows, mainly
instigated by Vince.
There then follows the two of them 'enjoying' a typical night out of
clubbing in Liverpool city centre - visiting seedy clubs, getting blathered,
talking crap to girls, spending time in a hospital casualty ward, and
later in the night ending up at Vince's penthouse flat.
Along the way there is a lot of quick fire humour and a lot of typical
earthy scouse humour.
"It's not what you think," exclaims Frank to onlookers as he
is regularly caught in compromising situations, in one instance with his
trousers around his ankles!
Above a sparse stage a spellbinding video is projected onto the back,
including images of revellers on the prowl along dear old Slater Street.
Although exhausted and reeling from culture shock, there is nevertheless
a happy ending for Frank.
Perhaps next weekend he will have a quiet night in!