Operation Greenfield (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Operation Greenfield

Teenagers getting Christ, no kicks

Four shining-faced teenagers, all of them white and English, three of them angelically blonde, act out the Annunciation with passion and fervency. They smile, as though they’re overflowing with joy of it; they face us and they shout ‘FOR NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD’, and the overall effect is rather frightening. Unintentionally so.

Fringe darlings Little Bulb have been deservedly acclaimed for their gentle, inventively-told stories about middle class life, and their new offering, the story of a Christian band in a small English village, seems at first to bubble along on similar lines: slick, energetically physical, with sweet, inoffensive touches of genuine wit. However, perhaps because they themselves aren’t really sure of the story they’re telling – is it about these colour-coded, hermetically sheltered middle-English teenagers, or is it a parable of faith – things get lost. The stage is perpetually busy, the cast constantly moving amid the clutter, but nothing very much happens; the more interesting stubs of narrative, particularly concerning the kids’ variously developing sexualities, eventually become subsumed into a (literal) crescendo of Christian communion. One for the faithful only.

Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, until 28 Aug (not 15, 22), 8.35pm, £9.50 (£7.50).

Operation Greenfield

  • 3 stars

Somewhere in middle England four unlikely teenagers are preparing for judgment day with ladders, Elvis and forest fruits squash - Stokely’s annual talent competition is nigh. With a stage full of instruments and an eclectic mix of recorded music, Little Bulb Theatre capture the confusing, awkward and beautifully naïve…