(Out of Joint and Soho Theatre)
Coming to North Wall Arts Centre, November 6th & 7th
(Previewed at Soho Theatre, London, 16th July)
Through her political organisation ‘Small Change’ Hildy (Catherine Russell) is committed to rolling out a living wage for workers. To this end office cleaners Annie and Bea are converted to Hildy’s cause and attend her rousing rally, holding placards aloft. Mossie Smith and Thusitha Jayasundera show the realities of a life spent holding down a minimum wage job with humour, integrity and insight. The seventies era the play blissfully flashes back to has been painstakingly well observed with references to Peters and Lee through to Black Sabbath painting an effortless sense of place under Max Stafford-Clark’s superbly sharp direction.
All the same, this is firmly a contemporary comedy as Hildy’s son Jamie (Jamie Baughan) blames mum for the fact he is recovering under a methadone programme and estranged husband Ben (Nigel Cooke) pops Viagra to satisfy his sex drive with or without his wife being present. No wonder Hildy has troubl sleeping but perhaps the final climactic scene goes a bit further to explaining the dreams more directly. And if you miss it, hey shame on you if you can’t dance too!