Girl Scouts vs Aliens (3 stars)

Girl Scouts vs Aliens

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).

Girl Scouts vs Aliens

  • 3 stars

Escapade Productions Get ready for the greatest low-fi sci-fi comedy adventure on Earth! Our four teen heroes are on their last ever camp, when an alien spaceship lands in the next field. With only camping kit, scouting skills and toasted marshmallows, can the girls save the world and keep the gang together? Prepare…

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