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Lost Soul 2: Smigger’s Wrecked Head

“Crowd-pleasing sequel”

Dave Kirby’s 2006 play Lost Soul was an unashamed celebration of the middle-aged. Over the course of a decade its Motown-loving 50-something characters have become favourites with Liverpool audiences. So it’s not a surprise that he’s decided to revisit his quartet of characters in this new sequel.

When daughter Amy (Gemma Brodrick) returns from Ibiza with a baby bump and sullen scally boyfriend (an underused Bobby Schofield), mum Donna (Lindzi Germain) can’t wait to be a granny, but for dad Smigger it’s more complicated.

A new generation brings with it dark thoughts about ageing and mortality that the 1970s dance floor king would rather not contemplate, creating the conditions for a comedic – but also rather poignant – midlife meltdown.

Kirby benefits from having Andrew Schofield return as his leading man – no one does hurt bemusement quite like Schofield. In fact, all four central cast members return to characters they last played in 2017, generating a comfortable familiarity around the play’s two middle-aged couples.

Lenny Wood reprises his turn as a gormless club barman, a part he’s played since the original Lost Soul premiered at the Unity Theatre. Wood, a master craftsman of comic looks, is rewarded for his loyalty with an expanded role – and his own slice of love action.

The production plays out on designer Jocelyn Meall’s smoothly revolving tri-part set, with director Bob Eaton keeping the narrative – and laugh rate – brisk, although the plot stalls somewhat in the second half.

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Production Details
Production nameLost Soul 2: Smigger’s Wrecked Head
VenueRoyal Court
StartsJune 12, 2019
EndsJuly 6, 2019
Running time2hrs 25mins
AuthorDave Kirby
DirectorBob Eaton
Set designerJocelyn Meall
Lighting designerIan Scott
Sound designerKate Harvey
CastAndrew Schofield, Cath Rice, Gemma Brodrick, Jake Abraham, Lindzi Germain
Stage managerMatthew Jones
ProducerRoyal Court Liverpool
VerdictFamiliar characters return in a crowd-pleasing sequel with a touch of heart as well as soul
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