Girl Scouts vs Aliens
- David Pollock
- 23 August 2019
Lo-fi sci-fi comedy adventure with plenty of warmth
Describing itself as a 'lo-fi sci-fi comedy adventure', writer and director Madeleine Perham's show deserves a bit of praise just for coming up with such an original concept.
It tells of four girl scouts who are camping out before one of their number – Laura Wingrove's Sydney – leaves to go back to Australia, and in this subplot there's a certain sense of poignancy which any child who is coming to the end of their school holidays might relate to.
Otherwise it's simply a fun romp with a hint of E.T. or Stranger Things about it, and plenty of scouting action that's much appreciated by those in the audience who have been involved; which seems to be a number of them, young and old.
The cast (which also includes Charlotte Dowding, Georgina Rose Hanson and Laura Jeffries) is energetic and physical, and deals with the audience interactions well, helping volunteers tie a knot and handing out marshmallows for the campfire.
They create chase scenes and an effective puppet alien using green lights, and if the show lacks anything by way of visual spectacle to marvel at, it's rich in brisk, exciting storytelling and a real sense of warmth and camaraderie.
Assembly George Square Studios, until 26 Aug, 12.10pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11).