Fergus Craig Still Watches Neighbours (4 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Fergus Craig Still Watches Neighbours

How soap can save your soul

‘When it’s good, it’s alright, but when it’s bad it’s better,’ is the mantra all hardened Neighbours fans agree upon. Fergus Craig is one of the few to have remained loyal, following the hugely popular Aussie soap’s shift to Five and the endearing comedian certainly knows his stuff. Ushered in to the nostalgic strains of Kylie and Jason warbling ‘Especially for You’, Craig pays homage to that which some 20m people loved about Neighbours, using crowd-pleasing clips of seminal moments with pithy DVD style commentary. Stifled squeals greeted Jim Robinson’s hammy ‘showreel for Hollywood’ heart attack, anguished sighs welcomed Dee and Toadie’s ill-fated marriage and laboured sniffs were overheard at Scott and Charlene’s big day.

Much more than an orchestrated group hike down memory lane however, the show articulates Craig’s own life using the soap. His upbringing in Newcastle, being bullied and subsequent refuge in playing the clown are seen through the prism of Neighbours, the cast his constant companions. Infectious, assured and gleeful, this could be right up your (Ramsay) Street, whether you’re a fan of the show or not.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 17), 4.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).

Fergus Craig Still Watches Neighbours

  • 4 stars

The Hackney Empire New Act of the Year and star of 'Star Stories' (Channel 4) shows his favourite clips from 'Neighbours', some home movies and says some funny things. 'Craig was class' (Stage).

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