Co-produced with Aberdeen Performing Arts, where it will enjoy a further run next week, the show is directed by comedy legend Andy Gray and stars Elaine C Smith, Ewan Donald and Helen MacKay.
A surreal comedy, the premise driving the show - a Stonehaven chip shop famous for being the originator of the deep fried Mars Bar has been swept out to the middle of the North Sea during a storm - is an improbable one to say the least. But Hart gets good comedy mileage from it, as she throws together MacKay's perky chip shop worker Kelly, embittered, down-on-his-luck journalist Walter (Donald), and Smith as a woman who, after a bump on her head, thinks she's Billy Connolly. It turns out that all three share an encounter with Connolly in common, for good or ill.
Smith's impersonation of The Big Yin, as she constantly erupts into snippets of his routines from The Crucifixion to An Audience With..., provide the biggest laughs here. But Hart's script also has a strong metaphorical emotional undercurrent about loss, battered lives, and the struggle to stay afloat when it would seem easier to sink than swim. Some characters are less well fleshed out than others - Kelly being the key case in point, engaging as MacKay as is - but the cast, and an excellent Smith in particular, turn in suitably buoyant performances.
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