Dirty Water (3 stars)

Filthy Glasgow-set comedy

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This article is from 2013.

Dirty Water

In this lewd, crude and very broad comedy set in an unnamed Glasgow housing scheme, four lads fiddle about day in and day out in their scummy, low-paid job working for an independent cleaning company. The company is called Eager Beaver Cleaners, which name prompts several jokes about female pubic hair that serve as a pretty accurate benchmark for the show’s level of humour. Elsewhere, there’s a whole pile more misogyny, a hefty splat of homophobia and a good dollop of toilet humour.

It might not be big and it’s certainly not clever, but the largish cast make a good job of bringing their characters - and caricatures - to life, and they make the most of playwright John Stuart’s string of self-consciously dirty monologues and bad taste jokes.

It’s hard not to compare the show with Trainspotting, but although it feels like a throwback to the early work of Irvine Welsh, with its comic depiction of working class drudgery it’s actually closer to Tony Roper’s laundry-set play The Steamie. Dirty Water isn’t as memorable as either, but there’s no denying this is a crowd-pleaser.

theSpace@Surgeon’s Hall, 510 2384, until 24 Aug (not 4, 11–12, 18), 2pm, £8 (£6).

This article is from 2013.

Dirty Water

  • 3 stars

Comedy set in the world of Eager Beaver Cleaners who service the housing schemes of Glasgow.


1. Peter Callaghan8 Aug 2013, 12:14am Report

Dirty Water…

Over-acted and under-rehearsed comedy about Weegie stereotypes. Some good one-liners, but more miss than hit. Think amateur, think students, think why?

2 (almost1)/5.

2. Mark masson9 Aug 2013, 9:51am Report

I was lucky enough to see " Dirty Water" last night, and from start to finish I found it to be slick, funny, and although bawdy, very well written.
This is a show performed by a cast who know their craft, and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. And it's nice to see new talent in the writing field, something we should all encourage

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