It certainly has legs as a radio series.
The central character is owner Gary (Kieran Mellish), who introduces the scene and the rest of the characters – almost too many for a show running to just fifty minutes. His manager Darren lacks confidence, his son is hopeless and his wife a shambolic alcoholic. Gary does get help from his daughter Claire but, when you add her egotistical sex-mad boyfriend Tristan (a wannabe pop star), the plot thickens.
The story takes off when the only hope for the pub to thrive is through a review from the local newspaper – whose journalist they collectively hope to impress. Rosie Hague, Joseph Thomas, Ellie Shields, Theo Jewitt, Thomas Hampton and Abi Owoseje complete the line up.
With laughs along the way we get a share of music, slapstick and clever characterisation, skilfully written with good comic timing. They manage the small stage space well and work well together. Timing is important here and the hard work by the company has paid off with precision.
They seem to enjoy the experience too and taking this original college play to the Fringe shows company potential. They are able to capture the characters – all stereotypes of course but, given the time restrictions, admirably done. Mellish in particular keeps it all together and has a hint of early Ricky Gervais in his mannerisms but, given the work in bringing this to the stage, he shows great promise. Maybe not a TV sitcom this year, but it certainly has legs as a radio series.