Written by Lee Hall, Directed by Gareth Tudor Price
Liverpool Playhouse, 14th-19th November 2005
This highly entertaining dark comedy had the Playhouse audience laughing
out loud throughout most of its duration.
Written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and directed by Gareth Tudor Price,
this Hull Truck Theatre presentation contains very earthy language and
a lot of sexual references, but above all is very true to life. Perhaps
that is why the onlookers enjoyed it so much.
The story revolves around an Elvis Presley impersonator (Sean Oliver),
who is confined to a wheelchair after being involved in a car crash, and
who resembles "a cabbage" as his wife (Jackie Lye) kindly describes
Deprived of sexual satisfaction and comfort, she brings home boyfriend
Stuart (Chris Connel) - an imbecilic Geordie - who disrupts the household
with his sexual shenanigans.
It reaches such a state that he has sex with his girlfriend's obese fourteen-year-old
daughter Jill (Natalie Blades) - who is obsessed with cooking - and wanks-off
her dad under his blanket while in his wheelchair, after he develops an
It sounds pretty grim stuff but is done in such a manner that it resembles
an absurd farce.
Although Dad springs out of his chair on a number of occasions to belt
out Elvis songs and make constant references to burger joints and how
sorrowful the world is. This brings a highly surreal feel to the play,
with the other three characters singing in harmony behind him several
times. The singing of Oliver was very impressive, although I am far from
being an Elvis admirer.
The star turn was Connel. He played a buffoon with superb timing of movement
and speech. The audience loved him! And I loved the play!