Stag Week­end re­viewed

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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.

PHOTO: BREN­DAN LODGE/SUP­PLIED

The band of brothers who go bush for a stag week­end, from left Thomas Knowles, Kieran Fos­ter, Andrew Ford, and Ben van Lier.

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