Jackie and Eddie. Eddie and Jackie.
2nd - 3rd August 2013
Jackie and Eddie Eddie and Jackie is written by Harry Sheriff and performed
by Eddie Fortune and Becky Brooks. Theirs is a story about a day in the
life of two struggling actors living in Dingle in Liverpool. Jackie has
low self esteem and a weight problem, Eddie is trying to find inner peace
through spirituality whilst writing his first novel. Their co dependant
relationship is what, in reality, is holding them back, but fear leaves
them clinging to each other as they navigate a way to follow their dreams.
Fortune as Eddie manages to leap from pretentious to self pitying in
a heartbeat, pushing Jackie down so he can feel superior, he brings all
their warped realities to the surface; battling to not befriend his neighbours
as he singles himself and Jackie out as superior creatives makes a wonderful
summary of his character. Fortune is simply marvellous with his facial
expressions able to convey the slightest annoyance. His attempts to both
question and help Jackie provided the platform for him to really shine.
Brooks as Jackie provided most of the comedy, with her opening with riding
the exercise bike with one leg to exercise only her ‘big leg’
showing exactly how much humour she would bring to the show. She adds
a wonderful innocence to an otherwise cynic partnership.
Eddie and Jackie managed to show the wonderful dynamic in a flatmate/crutch
friendship. Only by distancing themselves from each other can they succeed,
but taking that big step into the world alone, even when it’s to
follow your dreams is scary, hence the need for each other. Their relationship
had a wonderful Will and Grace feel to it, and both actors played their
part beautifully. They cleverly showed how any actor might let the fear
of not being good enough get in the way of trying to follow their dreams.
Littered with the absurdities of everyday life, Jackie and Eddie was a