Stag Weekend reviewed
Great casting is the key to this boys’ own lark. As IT guy Simon heads toward the altar, he and three mates embark on a stag weekend like no other – a hunt for real stags.
Keiran Foster’s Simon plays straight man to this exclusive and eclectic band of bros.
Andrew Ford is pitch perfect as the fastidious Andrew, with Ben van Lier as the enigmatic and manipulative Tim, a nurse about to leave his long-term pregnant girlfriend; and the mulleted, boof-headed Gary in a delightful portrayal by Thomas Knowles.
The ‘old-school’ Gary, a gung-ho ‘real-bloke’ school mate of Simon brings the guns, the crossbow with laser sights and insists on a trip-wire to alert the lads should deer, or rapists invade their rough-hewn deerstalkers sanctum. His encounters with the gay Andrew are a treat, as is much of the slapstick rough-housing, which gets out of hand when Tim and Andrew conspire to play a traditional stag-do prank on the unfortunate groom to be.
It’s a cracker of a set, and with great gags, the play generally flows at a cracker of a pace, though there were a few drop-out moments during the more serious man-to-man discussions.
Blokes and their sheilas should enjoy stalking this rite-of-passage feast.
The band of brothers who go bush for a stag weekend, from left Thomas Knowles, Kieran Foster, Andrew Ford, and Ben van Lier.