Goggle Eye Theatre Company
Written and directed by Gavin Harrison
Unity Theatre (9th-10th June 2006)
‘Scam’ follows the pursuits of three members of the fantastically
named ‘The Puke Kittens’ in their effort to become rich and
famous rock stars. Unfortunately the band’s attempts to secure gigs
in the pubs and clubs of Liverpool are somewhat less than successful.
But their luck begins to change when leader Cliff contacts Scam Records,
and they offer the band a record deal if they can provide them with a
demo tape - which is going to cost the skint trio £500. The only
way Cliff, Mick and Allan can see to raise the money is to turn to petty
crime - which of course catalyses a chain of events.
This play is a bit of a rollercoaster. Some of the jokes don’t
really work and at times it seemed like I was watching a stand-up performance
rather than a play. It also felt a little long at two hours and perhaps
could have flowed better if it was cut slightly. But it wasn’t all
bad. The company successfully used pre-recorded material to show various
flashbacks on a large screen at the back of the stage. They then used
this technique to produce a Big Brother-style diary room for the band
members to record their often strange and surreal thoughts. Despite some
of the lame jokes there were plenty of good quality one liners and the
delivery was fair. One interesting touch was the invasion of the bar area
by the actors during the interval, which had the effect of continuing
the story outside of the usual confines of the auditorium. The musical
number that involved the entire cast is also worth a mention and didn’t
feel out of place in this strange comedy production.
‘Scam’ wasn’t perfect but the good bits defiantly outweighed
the bad. I’ll be intrigued to see what Goggle Eye come up with next.