Smalltown collects work by Douglas Maxwell, DC Jackson and Johnny McKnight (3 stars)

Smalltown collects work by Douglas Maxwell, DC Jackson and Johnny McKnight

Random Accomplice’s trio of Ayrshire-set plays

Random Accomplice’s trio of Ayrshire-set plays by three of Scotland’s leading talents seems intended as an affectionate parody of the portmanteau horror films popularised by Amicus in the 1960s. The individual segments do, however, offer a snapshot of the playwrights’ individual talents and preoccupations.

Douglas Maxwell’s typically densely written piece opens the show in Girvan with a convoluted tale of rival tourism officials and boxing kangaroos and introduces the framing device of contaminated water or ‘Rabbie Juice’ that has infected the entire region. DC Jackson’s Stewarton-set piece brings to bear the playwright’s strong sense of the domestic on an outrageously crude story about a pair of rutting teenagers whose night of cherry popping pleasure quite literally transforms them. The final segment, written by director Johnny McKnight, is a disarming blend of couthy observational dialogue and visual absurdity in which zombies converge on a pair of Ardrossan canteen workers.

If, overall, the show – whose ending is voted for by the audience – feels lightweight and inconsequential, the off the wall humour and bawdy set pieces mean it is never less than entertaining.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 24–Sat 26 Mar. Seen at Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, Fri 25 Feb. For tour schedule see www.randomaccomplice.com

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