Review: Bollocks at The Adelphi

This is a guest post by Kirsty Higginson a journalism student at the University of Central Lancashire. She is this blog’s music, film and entertainment correspondent and blogs at The Blunt Side of the World.

Bollocks is a play set in the early nineties that examines lives and relationships ruined by war. It looks at love and friendship in blunt way that we can all relate to and this dark comedy wowed the audience of the Adelphi pub last night.

In the upstairs of the pub, there was a completely different world to the usual Friday night debacles of Preston City Centre. A cosy gathering of just under thirty people surrounded the small but equally adequate stage waiting eagerly for the Screaming Theatre to begin their new production and when the play started, it has to be said – it wasn’t just the story line that took the audiences breath away.

The main character, Peter (Graham Eaglesham) is an ex soldier who is crippled and suffers emotionally because of the physical scars that remind him he is no longer the same man that went to serve his country.

The opening scenes pave the way of what is to come. A brief, rude speech from Peter gave an in-depth look into his soul and the frankness of the actor give the play all the elements it needed to make it a roaring success with the audience.

Peter’s lack of tolerance towards his disability goes onto cripple his marriage with Mary played by Tori Pollett and his friendship between best friend Ian (Graeme Reid) and Lisa (Natalie Corless).

The play also takes a look at Ian and Lisa’s relationship, who both want different things from life. The ups and downs in their unsteady relationship only makes way for more lies and much more upset.

Each and every character, no matter how big or small played some ingredient to the play’s success. From Peter, to Mr Happy, everyone at some point made you laugh and at times nearly made you cry. In my book the Screaming Theatre’s production of ‘Bollocks’ is an incredible hit in which I whole heartedly recommend you see.

Bollocks continues on April 25th and 26th at The Adelphi.

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