Rich dark com­edy cap­ti­vated the crowd

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE -

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.

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