Filthy Glasgow-set comedy
This article is from 2013.
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).