When word got out in the VantagePoint office that I was planning a trip to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre to see Vulcan 7, my colleagues Lauren and Claire immediately expressed their eagerness to join me, and so the evening became somewhat of a team outing.
Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer of The Young Ones, The Comic Strip Presents… and Filthy, Rich and Catflap co-star as actors Gary Savage and Hugh Delevois, who meet backstage at the filming of a fantasy film in their sixties, having studied together at RADA years before. Savage is unreliable, foul-mouthed and rebellious, known to disappear from set if a close eye isn’t kept on him, and always on the look-out for a bottle of wine. Proper, uptight and bordering on pompous, Delevois does not take to it kindly when a crevasse in the glacier the film set is on forces Savage to share his trailer. As they cross swords, film runner Leela, played by Lois Chimimba, tries to keep the peace, and hilarity ensues. Despite the light-hearted humour, there are some unexpectedly poignant moments, and a piece of information Leela reveals has Delevois and Savage raking through their past. However, with the trailer being situated on the active Icelandic volcano of Eyjafjallajökull, present-day concerns soon focus their attention.
A beautifully-designed set, impressive lighting, engaging storyline and lively characters make for an uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable show. Vulcan 7 is showing at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford until Saturday 29th September. Book online at https://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/production/vulcan-7.
Reviewed by Jesse Boon