by Maggie Neville

It’s a battle of the sexes where no man has gone before or ever hopes to be again!
It’s New Year’s Eve and the air is full of hope and expectation apart from the ladies toilets of the local dive where all is not well with Sal, Dilly, G, Lisa and Beth. Someone’s been dumped, someone’s been two-timed and with fifty pounds at stake someone is going to pay. Then in walks “The Shagaround”, the perfect target for all the girls and what starts as a laugh ends up being more dangerous than they could have imagined.
A play about love, betrayal, friendship, revenge, dying of a broken heart and dying for a fag!
As hinted in the title, there is some strong language in the play and some adult themes so let your naughty side out and come prepared to laugh at yourself and the often witless members of the opposite sex.

The Shagaround

Written by: Maggie Neville
Directed by: Ree Collins
Produced by: less is MORE

September 2013

Middlesbrough Theatre

Sal: Kelly Jackson
G: Jessica Brady
Dilly: Olivia Burton
Lisa: Emma Jane Richards
Beth: Laura Thompson
Matt: Shane Headlam
Woman: Laura Lonsdale
Woman: Olivia Brady

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Review: Remote Goat

Maggie Nevill is undoubtedly a talented writer and 'The Shagaround' as her first produced play is a funny, heart rendering portrayal of relationships between the sexes and within the sexes. A witty script ensured that the audience was well entertained yet unprepared for the dramatic change in ambiance in the second half.

The great thing about this play is its ability to throw out home truths; we've all been there. Maybe not to the extent of kidnapping and ransoming an ex-boyfriend in the ladies toilet on New Years Eve? However we've all stood together, solidarity in gender after being cheated on, dumped or lied to by the ones we love.

Less is More productions set a cast which delivered the play's humour and tension well. There were some moments of brilliance from the male representative Matt, played by Shane Headlam whose voice managed to be heard over the cackle of revenge-seeking feminists with perfectly timed delivery. Whilst, Kelly Jackson's doting and dithering portrayal of Sal was representative of so many broken hearts seeking refuge in alcohol.

Overall, an enjoyable play which Less is More productions delivered well, giving talented local artists a chance to shine. The dramatic change in mood in the second half seemed a little stunted, yet this was more to do with the play than the production. Yet, as the audience knows so many times when a fun night out with lads or lasses can quickly develop into something more sinister.

Entertaining and realistic, definitely worth viewing.

  1. Emma Jane RIchards
    Emma Jane RIchards
  2. Laura Thompson
    Laura Thompson
  3. Olivia Burton
    Olivia Burton
  4. Jessica Brady
    Jessica Brady
  1. Kelly Jackson
    Kelly Jackson
  2. Laura Lonsdale
    Laura Lonsdale
  3. Shane Headlam
    Shane Headlam
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