Plested and Brown in Health and Stacey
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Over zealous Health and Safety expert meets thrill-seeking Stacey in jungle...It's an accident waiting to happen. Epic jungle romance stamped with government health warning. From big screen to small stage, the only thing missing is Danny Devito. From the creators of Hot Pursuit and Minor Spectacular.
Clare Plested and Adam Brown return to the Fringe with another show stuffed with trademark innovative props, gimmicky scene changes and occasional dance routines.
Because of the complicated props and convoluted sets there’s always plenty of scope for things going wrong. Fake ‘taches drop off, props are forgotten and unreliable mise-en-scene trees struggle to give up their props. But as ever the pair deal with it well, though this is not an easy task as the crowd were a little flat, too.
There’s always a touch of the Carry Ons… in a Plested and Brown production, here with face pulling, larger than life - often archetypal - characters and groanworthy gags.
The plot has geography teacher Stacey leaving the UK for the Isle of Sambuca, having finally snapped due to the oppressive rules infringing on her school outings. She soon discovers that she has been inadvertently followed by the ultra-careful health and safety officer (and her ex-boyfriend) Michael, lured there by the promise of a conference.
There are so many sublime moments when the pair conduct a scene change or theatrical effect with inventive and silly ideas – Michael’s flight to Sambuca is portrayed with a toy plane and a red scarf.
Plus there are some simple and delightful ridiculous moments to enjoy such as when Michael dressed only in swimming trunks ‘finds himself’ amongst the crowd and Stacey briefly transforms into Shirley Bassey after eating some dodgy peanuts.
Quirkily daft stuff.
Reviewed by: Marissa Burgess