The Debt Collectors
by John Godber, Directed by Barrie Ryan English
Presented by The Liverpool Actors Studio Theatre
Produced by English Rice Productions
18th March - 29th March 2014
In a Harold Pinter-like creation two mediocre actors, although one is
'famous' for having appeared in The Bill, are down on their luck, continually
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so they both become employed
as debt collectors, where they ironically end up stripping the theatre
where their acting fortunes came to a more than predictable end, following
an unsuccessful tour of The Dumb Waiter, written by surprise, surprise,
The bleakness of their existence, as well as the people they call upon
to collect debts, extends throughout the ninety minutes of the production.
A woman, who supposedly owed thousands of pounds, but in fact was only
£400 in debt, kills herself in a bath, while a man undergoes a sex
change to avoid paying his debt.
Spud (John F Doull) and Loz (Roy Brandon) convey well the grim reality
of life today in GB PC, on a small stage in the intimate setting of the
Liverpool Actors Studio, with John Godber's astute script providing enough
dark humour not to plunge members of the audience into total melancholia.