Rich dark comedy captivated the crowd
GREGORY Burke may have found international recognition for his play Black Watch, but Gagarin Way was his break in the industry. It took him three years to get the play staged while working part-time jobs. But after seeing this piece at the Lemon Tree, it seems unbelievable such a rich script took so long to find recognition. And the Rapture Theatre production not only had the audience howling with laughter, but had it gasping in shock at the realistic and violent climax. Set in a Fife factory, Eddie, played by HMT panto favourite Jordan Young, and Gary – High Road's Jimmy Chisholm – plan to kidnap one of their Japanese company’s senior managers and kill him to make a statement. However, things fail to go to plan in this black comedy, as politics graduate and security guard Tom, played by Silver Darlings and Sunset Song star Finn Den Hertog, stumbles on the scene. Not only that – the senior manager, Frank played by City Lights’ Dave Anderson – turns out to be from the Fife town of Leven and a lot more like them than they care to accept. Although the play, at an hour
LAURNA Robertson saw Gagarin Way, presented by Rapture Theatre Company, at
The Lemon Tree last night.
and 20 minutes, is shorter than the audience would like, each of the four characters’ frustrations and beliefs are well developed as they each search for meaning in the situation. While all the performances were convincing, Jordan Young's foul mouthed, violence loving, wide-boy Eddie was the comic driving force behind the production. His sadistic streak was terrifying, yet his ability to outsmart both Gary and Tom captivated the crowd. The play leaves the audience with no solution to the modern political identity crisis facing Scotland or a particular character to back. Disconcertingly, Eddie, who appears to live for nothing but violence and causing trouble, is, however, the easiest character to empathise with. Nonetheless the audience's thunderous applause was proof enough that Gregory's first play is still a crowd-pleaser 10 years on.
SHOCKS: Gagarin Way was on stage at the Lemon Tree.