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Scream Phone

“Smartly observed spoof musical comedy”

For those not in the loop, the Dream Phone was a board game in which girls got to chat to the guy of their dreams. The centrepiece was a large pink phone with recorded messages and if you were a young teen in the 1990s, it was the next step up from a Girls’ World in gender-conformist propaganda.

Female-led collective Swipe Right Theatre has taken this game and fused it tentatively with Scream, the game-changing slasher 1996 movie, to create Scream Phone.

It’s a very silly idea that happens to work really well. It’s both a help and a hinderance that the show is populated with a selection of 1980s tunes, which have been rewritten with crass lyrics to suit the story.

It’s also unfortunate that if features a recorded soundtrack but, judging by the three-part harmonies, it’s clear that these are three accomplished vocalists playing it for laughs – especially Alexandra Lewis as the geeky bookworm Stacey, who belts out a stunning reworking of One Moment in Time.

Joining Lewis on stage are co-creators and Swipe Right founders Kerrie Thomason and Natasha Granger and together this trio can rightfully lay claim to the camp musical comedy crown at the fringe this year.


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Production Details
Production nameScream Phone
VenueGilded Balloon
StartsJuly 31, 2019
EndsAugust 26, 2019
Running time1hr
AuthorKerrie Thomason, Natasha Granger
DirectorTom Parry
Set designerDan Tye Mcgivern
Lighting designerDavid Doyle
CastAlexandra Lewis, Kerrie Thomason, Natasha Granger
ProducerSwipe Right
VerdictSmartly observed spoof musical comedy that hits all the right notes
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