Arts review: The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Lucas Petit

Dir. Andy McGregor, the Tron, 12th – 15th October

When a play starts with two delusional tramps, aka God (Darren Brownlie) and Lucifer (Ashley Smith), betting 50 quid on God’s ability to corrupt the most boring human being – Lucas Petit (Alasdair Hankinson) – into a life of sin and crime, you starts to suspect that everything will go hilariously wrong. The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Lucas Petit didn’t disappoint.

The first thing to catch the eye was the impressive magnetic set, which slowly disintegrated as the plot spun into complete madness. The metallic frame carried everything needed during the show, from flat oversized pints of beer made out of what looked like cardboard to inbuilt fluorescent bungee cords held down by the cast to create a laser security grid. A real creative masterpiece that worked incredibly well with the whimsy and improbability in the play. No less original were the costumes, consisting once more of flat clothing cut-outs attached with Velcro to the cast’s chests, with various flaps to facilitate character changes.

The versatility of the show was however not limited to costume. Even if I was at first taken slightly aback by the exaggeration in acting, it soon became impossible to not be completely drawn into it and admire how perfectly controlled every word, expression and movement was. A cast of three managed to create a myriad of characters, all more colourful, endearing and amusing than the next. Special mention must be made of Darren Brownlie’s God, whose singing, dancing and pure Glaswegian sass kept me absolutely amazed throughout. His hilarious lines and mannerisms beautifully accompanied the degenerating plot to its apex: the comfort brought by a wee pick n’ mix after breaking into Parliament and kidnapping Nicola Sturgeon.

Wonderfully clever and inventive, it was a great night with great laughs – very much needed in the current mid-autumn flu-ridden climate.

[Isabelle Ribe]

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