Jamie Quinn

MINI REVIEW: The Slab Boys, Citizen’s Theatre

{seen on 14.02.15}

The Citizen’s revival of John Byrne’s Paisley-based play is a humorous tale of survival and determination. The eight strong cast, including Scott Fletcher as the eternal butt of the joke Hector and Jamie Quinn, who is simply outstanding as Spanky, ease their way through Byrne’s script with a beautiful fluidity, injecting new life into the story of the working class life of 1950s Scotland. Director David Hayman provides an excellent performance as the company boss Mr Curry whilst the playwright’s set design restricts the adolescent rages of the central characters to a single slab room, bottling their emotions until the point of explosion. The Slab Boys may lose some of its charm in this new production, but it presents itself as a way to introduce new generations of theatregoers to a dark, politically driven Scottish theatre environment.