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Vulcan 7 at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle

October 9, 2018

The not so young, Young Ones, Nigel Planer and Adrian Edmondson have reunited to perform in stage comedy Vulcan 7. The pair, who have co-written the show, are joined by Lois Chimimba who plays the long-suffering film runner, Leela. 

 

The play revolves around former drama students Gary Savage and Hugh Delavois, one a plodding actor, the other a struggling Hollywood star, who are reunited on Icelandic wasteland, on the set of a fantasy film, Vulcan 7. 

The show’s description says: ‘Sparks fly inside the trailer as old wounds are opened. Leela, attempts to keep the peace between the ageing actors, whilst outside the trailer things are not going to plan: the director’s gone AWOL, the catering truck’s on the wrong side of a ravine, there is no alcohol and the volcanic activity is growing more lively by the minute…’

 

This fast-paced, black comedy plays cleverly on the insecurities of characters Gary Savage and Hugh Delavois and their seemingly joint distaste of “f**king” Daniel Day-Lewis.

 

Visually the play is stunning. Set in close quarters of Hugh’s trailer the pair spa with each other. The clever dialogue reveals hilarious insights into both actors past exploits and lifestyles.

 

Adrian Edmonson’s character is a delight. Dressed as a Thermadon his performance is hilariously impressive. This in-your-face character is cleverly balanced by Nigel Planer’s reserved and understated personality. 

 

The pair play with words like a conversation between old friends who know a little bit too much about each other.

  As temperatures rise in the trailer, so does the volcanic and seismic activity outside. Will it end well?

 

Vulcan 7 has been long overdue - touching and funny with innovative stage sets and a slick script. 

 

Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer have created a comic masterpiece. This well-observed play takes the audience on a journey into a world of the absurd and no-one comes out unscathed. 

 

Highly recommended.

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