Based around the last day of Old Stan, a man who has spent his working life emptying houses for the Liverpool Corporation and played with brilliant understatement by Phil Hearne, Dave Kirby’s Council Depot Blues is a story with such sentimental depth it is easy to see that it has been written from the heart. The desperation of the job is never shoved down the audience’s throat, but it is certainly present and gives the piece an edge that is priceless and, it has to be said, hilarious.
A scene from Council Depot Blues at the Royal Court, Liverpool
This comes, in part, by Andrew Schofield who shows not only that he can act supremely well but also that he can play just about any instrument under the sun. Added to this are the talents of Shaun Mason whose mesmerising versatility belies his age, Lindzi Germain whose boisterous presence fills the stage, Paul Broughton whose foreman’s nastiness provides the necessary conflict and Jake Abraham whose drug-loving Fitzy underlines what it means to be trapped in a dead end job.
Then there’s the multi-talented Howard Gray playing Norman, a character drawn from life that can only be described as comic genius every step of the way.
All in all Kirby’s Council Depot Blues is a truly fabulous night out that will have you aching in nothing but a good way by its end.