Waterproof / From Paisley to Paolo (3 stars)

Waterproof / From Paisley to Paolo

James Kirk and Craig Porter in Waterproof / Photo: Douglas Robertson

Comic double-bill features some laughs but lacks freshness and subtlety

These short comic plays, being toured by Mull Theatre, began their lives at A Play, a Pie and a Pint (Òran Mór, Glasgow’s famous lunchtime theatre). Both contemplate the life disappointments of young, Scottish, working-class men (most often with a fairly low grade, sexual comedy).

In Andy Duffy’s Waterproof (in which lovelorn shop worker Gordon and his friend, cocky university student Alex, go on a fishing trip), Alex emerges from the tent to inform his pal that he is sweating like both ‘a rapist’ and ‘a paedo in a nursery’. This is typical of the yawn-inducing, recycled nature of much of Duffy’s script

Martin McCardie’s From Paisley to Paolo, in which Paolo Nutini wannabe Jack wins tickets for himself and two friends to a festival at which Nutini is headlining, is an altogether more substantial, and funnier, play; even if its gear changes from comic set piece to pathos-laden monologue are executed with all the subtlety of a foghorn. An extended debate about how Nutini would get into hot water for his supposed in-tent jacuzzi is a comic highlight.

Mull Theatre Company, touring Scotland until Sat 21 Apr. Seen at Paisley Arts Centre, Mon 12 Mar.

Waterproof/From Paisley to Paolo

A double bill of comedy drama, firstly Andy Duffy's tale of friendship, fidelity, philosophy and fishing. Then there's Martin McCardie's story of Jack, who was born on the same day in the same hospital as Paolo Nutini, and his journey to a music festival to see the singer perform.

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