The play follows the youth group’s band Funky Town as it grows from a duo to a trio (anyone who says the accordion can’t be funky is wrong, wrong, wrong) to a foursome called Vintage Summer, ready to enter Stokely’s talent contest. Although all of this seems to happen with no consultation of the band’s leader, he plays the electric guitar guys, surely that holds some truck? Yeah, you’ve probably met this guy too, whiney, bossy and gives in surprisingly easily after he’s given his speech. In fact all the characters are familiar, and the deadpan delivery makes them all loveable. The maths enthusiast, the French exchange student, the pastor’s jolly daughter, they’re all there, wide-eyed and darling.
Since its debut in Edinburgh I suspect this play has undergone a lot of tightening. To integrate live music, montages and a daydream sequence successfully takes crafting. To make it look so effortless and spontaneous takes, well, it takes more crafting. The only reason I wanted this play to end was so that I could discuss how much I enjoyed it.
I saw Operation Greenfield at The Basement Theatre Brighton. Ois touring this autumn, you can check the tour schedule here
*this marks the first George Michael reference on this site. And it’s my site so it shan’t be the last.