Goody

Goody - courtesy of Paul Hancock_2

Pleasance Courtyard
Aug 20-28 (14:15 )

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There is something quaintly charming about the experience of watching Goody. This play is brought to us by Boondog Theatre, & is essentially a monologueing travelling-entertainer monkey-handler & his bubbly nose-picking, booze-swilling chimpanzee, played with wonderful agility by Lucy Roslyn. watching her in action shows that altho’ we humans have lost the tail, we can still pull off the moves.

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The time is 1930’s Dustbowl America, & what follows is rag-tag ride through reminiscence & inter-species friendship, combined with a lot of silent monkeying about by Roslyn, which was all, like I said, quaintly charming. Then something unexpected happens, the chimp begins to speak. ‘Ouch’ I thought, that wasn’t needed, why set up one type of theatre, then rip the rug from under out psychic feet. Then I remembered something Lucy had said in a recent interview with The Mumble:

 

It is a darkly funny look into the relationship between one man and his ape – two characters unable to communicate on an equal level. Backstage at the circus we meet Goody, a performing chimpanzee, and her one companion: her trainer Frances. How does this relationship work? An ape is dangerous and volatile. Even with an animal you have known for years, things can flip in a moment

 

Was she actually talking about the flip between a chimpanzee & a speaking monkey! Either way, Goody is ultimately a ghostly piece of theater where nothing much of interest really happens, but when it does it actually detracts from the theatrical illusion.

Reviewer : Damo

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