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.