The Good Scout ⭐⭐⭐⭐
REVIEW & OPINION BY TONY FRAME. VENUE 53 THESPACE @ SURGEON’S HALL.
Esteemed writer and director Glenn Chandler brings a hidden gem of a story to the Fringe with his intriguing dramatisation of a Hitler Youth group’s visit to pre-war Britain in the 1930s. Drawing inspiration from real-life events, the plot evolves around two Nazi party youth members and their Boy Scout counterparts.
The play explores Nazi ideology in the subtlest of ways at times and also deals with themes of self-discovery and sexuality amongst an undercurrent of espionage. There are some beautifully poignant moments throughout which avoid being overly-sentimental, and the whimsical script offers a fascinating insight into a generally untold part of history.
Aided with a well-rehearsed cast, all of whom are to be commended, it is the two main leads (Clemente Lohr and Simon Stache) who excel the most in their contrasting portrayals as members of the Hitlerjugend.
The Grand Theatre at Surgeons Hall is not the biggest of stages but it does give an intimate viewing for The Good Scout. And like all good plays – when all the elements are in harmony you forget the venue immediately because you are so engrossed in the story being told and the performances that are on show.
CAST (in alphabetical order)
John Dory: Lewis Allcock
Rose Parrish: Amanda Bailey
Will Parrish: Clement Charles
Gerhard Kleeman: Clemente Lohr
Jacob Collier: Charlie Mackay
Friedrich Dorf: Simon Stache
Stage & Company Manager: Jade Hunter
Lighting Design: Jack Wills
Costume Design: David Shields & Barbara Williams
Sound Design: Julian Starr
Artwork Design: Jon Bradfield
Production Photographs: Gaz Sherwood (PGB Studios)
Fight Director: Charlie Mackay
Written and Directed by: Glenn Chandler
A Boys of the Empire Production