LAURENCE OWEN: CINEMUSICAL HIGH
WIDCOMBE SOCIAL CLUB
An astonishing solo performance, this, from Laurence Owen: a self-penned, full-length spoof teen High School musical movie, with all the characters: the jock, the nerd, the most popular girl in the school, the shy Goth, even a guest appearance from Ian McKellen as the janitor/Gandalf ( Really. You had to be there). A tremendous feat of imagination, put over with unflinching confidence, razor-sharp timing, wickedly accurate characterisations and enormous energy. And the boy can sing; boy, can he sing. Even plays a mean lead guitar, as if that wasn’t enough. The plot is suitably goofy, with all the deliciously recognisable clichés sent up with gusto; but with the odd unexpected twist – and at a pace that leaves no time to recover from the last laugh before the next one comes in. A bravura display of all the talents; writing, composing, singing, acting, comic inspiration. Just about all he doesn’t do is ballet. (Though I wouldn’t put it past him.). Oh, and breathtakingly funny throughout. Genius.
John Christopher Wood