The Ignorance review at Etcetera Camden
The last time I recall a story based around a ladies taxi firm was in the classic 1963 film Carry On Cabby, featuring the saucy goings-on at Glamcabs. Times have changed a lot since those cosier, safer days and it would be hard to imagine a more different scenario than this gritty, black comedy based in a decidedly unglamorous female cabbie’s.
All the violence here actually happens in the office itself, the catalyst being a ham-fisted attempt to grab the company’s takings, which pans out none too successfully. Such a menacing sceanrio requires convincing nastiness, of course, and as Malcolm, Frank Scantori certainly has that, though he lunges at his first victim with all the grace of a dart player before being shot by the seemingly demure, butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth Belinda, played superbly by the wide-eyed Abbey Stirling. Being dressed like the fairy on the top of a Christmas tree hardly lends credibility to her role. On the other hand Yasmin (Sarah Strong), a hooped earringed chav with real attitude and a criminal bent, looks every inch the life-embittered character she portrays.
Of course when such dirty deeds are planned, double-crossing is the name of the game and there is certainly little honour among these thieves. Thieves plural that is, for as it turns out, everyone is in on the scam one way or another and no one is to be trusted.
Least of all, company owner Annie (Ciara Dooley), a feisty blonde definitely intent on having fun, who, for all her pretensions to be a class above the low-life around her, is just as ammoral as the rest.
Ultimately this runs out of ideas while the constant twists and turns lose impact after a while. When it does come, the dark ending is also a largely familiar one but the journey getting to that point is still certainly engaging enough.
Etcetera, Camden, November 23-December 12
- Declan Hill and Stephen Hancocks
- Dan Skili
- Fortress Productions
- Ciara Dooley, Abbey Stirling, Sarah Strong, Ian Mayhew, Frank Scantori and Holly Steele
- Running time
- 1hr 15mins
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