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Alright Bitches! review at Above The Stag, London – ‘lightweight but amusing’

The cast of Alright Bitches at Above The Stag, London The cast of Alright Bitches at Above The Stag, London
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Young Ollie has finally persuaded his older boyfriend Jason to holiday in the cheap and cheerful Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria. The camp, hedonistic atmosphere grates on Jason, who has just been released from the Priory and the attention of their party-loving neighbours Max and Garth gradually push him back to the bottle.

This amusing new play by Martin Blackburn may be thin on plot, but the structure and delivery of the comedy is spot on. The result may play more like the pilot episode of a sitcom but it’s amiable enough and explores issues of age and ageing within the gay community with light touch.

Andrew Beckett’s smooth direction complements the naturalistic style, as does his eerily accurate set design, which is a riot of Artex. Of the cast, Lucas Livesey excels as Max, an Ena Sharples of the Dunes, always ready with a barbed retort yet ultimately sympathetic beneath his brittle armour. A gregarious Hannah Vesty, as the lone female character, Pam, may be the butt of much of the humour but she also unlocks the more reflective aspects of the play. As a first work, Alright Bitches might be lightweight but Blackburn has a good ear for comedy that’s definitely worth nurturing.

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Verdict
Niche comedy containing some killer dialogue but lacking in substance
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