Goggles

Pets come in many forms. Cats and dogs are the obvious choice for many people, perhaps because of the ease with which an emotional attachment can be made and the affectionate responses they give. For most people, goldfish, while beautiful to look at, lack human traits that can be found in four-legged friends and rarely generate the same level commitment or devotion. The exception is to be found in the intense relationship that exists between Gemma and Josie and their aquatic acquisitions Sunny and Boo.

an unpretentious and humorous look at the meaning and implications of friendship along with owning a pair of goldfish

The affair is ongoing, even though Sunny and Boo are now dead. Goggles relatesthe unlikely romantic tragedy of learning and love generated by the simple act of friends buying a pair of goldfish as a symbol of their affection and feelings for each other. Co-written by Gemma Barnett and Josie Dale-Jones and performed by Josie Dale-Jones and Melissa Rolle, this outwardly bizarre story and far-fetched scenario is energetically and movingly performed with wit, pace and charm.

Goggles follows their friendship from its early days at school into sharing a flat together. There are the inevitable ups and downs and feelings of being trapped and wanting to break free. They don goggles, imaginatively jump into the tank to see their relationship mirrored in the confines of the bowl and life under water. Sunny and Boo could not be closer and the girls wonder if they too could ever have the romanticised existence they imagine for their co-habitees and what life would be like without each other.

In this this delightfully dizzy drama the girls complement each other perfectly. They both bubble with intensity but do so in a classic comedic double-act: the exuberant versus the poker-faced, with looks conveying as much as words. The costumes are bright and fit for the water, while the lighting and sound effects enhance all the action. At times the technician is also brought into the exchanges, which, along with direct addresses to the audiences, gives a sense of all being in the bowl together.

Goggles is a light-hearted swim through a stream of emotional moments. It is thought-provoking rather than profound but is is also an unpretentious and humorous look at the meaning and implications of friendship along with owning a pair of goldfish: a real sit back, enjoy and be entertained piece of theatre which the girls pull-off with considerable skill.  

Reviews by Richard Beck

The Space UK

Lockdown Drag-out

★★★★
The Space UK

The Plague Thing

★★★★
Finborough Theatre

Wind of Heaven

★★★★
Park Theatre Cafe Bar

Sydney & the Old Girl

★★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

"Lovely young work... deceptively funny" Lyn Gardner Two performers. Two pairs of goggles. A fish tank. When our pet fish, Sunny & Boo, die, we realise that our friendship is in crisis. Goggles is a show we're making for them. We think about whether we love each other as much as Sunny & Boo had loved each other. We think about whether it would be possible to love each other more. We think that might be too much, but then we think about living without one another. Goggles is a new quirky comedy from multi-award winning theatre company ThisEgg. It is about fish, friends and keeping afloat.

Most Popular See More

The Lion King

From £36.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Wicked

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Come From Away

From £25.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £31.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

From £25.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Hairspray

From £22.00

More Info

Find Tickets