Waterproof / From Paisley to Paolo
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.