Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road

Trafalgar Studios

Opening Night – 4th May 2017

 

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“a hugely enjoyable 67 minutes of comedy, farce and randomness”

 

The title of this play “Out there on Fried Meat Ridge Road” indicates the level of randomness that you are about to watch in this play written by Keith Stevenson.

Entering the theatre you instantly feel part of the play thanks to a brilliant set by Simon Scullion who has created the feel of a rundown West Virginia motel room perfectly. The set engulfs the auditorium and you feel as if you are in the motel room with the characters.

The play centers around a highly uptight and anxiety ridden Mitch (Robert Moloney) who is having a bad day – no make that year! Moving from Maine to West Virginia for a new start life quickly things go wrong – he loses his job, girl friend, car and home all in quick succession. In desperation he answers an ad for a flat share with JD.

JD (Keith Stevenson) dominates the stage not just due to his physical size but with his presence and personality. He is a simple, kind man who has the ability to see the good in everyone. As each character enters the stage he looks further than their stereotype and shows the audience that there is more to the crazy crack head Marlene (Melanie Gray), the adulterous Tommy (Alex Ferns) and the racist and bigoted Flip (Michael Wade).

The play is an enjoyable 67 minutes of comedy, farce and randomness. Some of the jokes and one liners are predictable but amusing all the same. The acting is high quality – they portray their characters well and give them a depth that makes you believe in their stories from the moment they set foot on stage. The ability of JD to make you see through the stereotypes and his generous, kind-hearted nature make you want to walk out and spread some love to the first stranger you encounter.

Leaving wanting to watch the next installment of the story makes you think that this would be better suited to a TV show rather than a stage play. At times I could imagine the canned laughter piped into the set!

Overall a heartwarming play that has you chuckling your way through the 67 minutes. It is a play perfectly suited to a small intimate venue allowing the audience to absorb themselves in the show.

 

 

Production Photography by Gavin Watson

 

 

Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road

is at Trafalgar Studios until 3rd June

 

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