Here's a novel idea, and there are plenty of these, as you will discover,
in Chewboy Productions' play, EUAN. Novel idea number one was to quote part of
my review from last year on the front of the programme, ‘the ‘Chewboys are
definitely a theatrical force to be reckoned with'.
As much as it is flattering to be quoted so prominently, it comes with
some evident pressure. Thankfully the Chewboys – Georgie Bailey, Hal Darling
and George Craig - don't disappoint and are back with a new, refined yet supercharged
version of EUAN which has matured from it first outing but maintains and polishes
its surreal, madcap, exhausting, smart, witty, fascinating and breathless
EUAN comes with the tagline ‘a play about who knows what...' And we are
quickly drawn into the mystery of the whereabouts of the eponymous Euan.
Suffice to say, there are no spoilers here as to the outcome of the search;
nevertheless, it is safe to assume it's ongoing.
As an ensemble, the Chewboys are captivating to watch. Three actors, who
apparently have a magnetic rapport with each other and perform with such
unrelenting vim, vigour and voracious commitment in their performances of this clever
Director Lucy Betts has kept a firm hand on the performances, and the
whole play has been tightened up. George Craig was, once again, utterly
mesmerising throughout. His regular interruptions to grab his Dictaphone to
record novel ideas, or wax lyrical about his pet woodlouse were hysterical -
bizarre comedy at its best. Georgie Bailey deadpans beautifully throughout, and
Hal Darling looks worryingly confused. But all three display exquisite physical
comedy beautifully timed with genuine laugh-out-loud moments.
So wither now for The Chewboys and the pesky Euan? Seemingly in that
great Hollywood tradition, EUAN2 is in production and will be released in 2020.
So I suppose that answers my point about theatrical forces and the future -
assuming they actually want to find the illusive Euan in the first place?
Euan played at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre as part of The Camden Fringe 2019