Nothing Ever Happens
Senior Youth Theatre
Garioch Theatre Festival, Wyness Hall
1st July 2019
Kate Cairns, a farmer's wife, complains that "nothing ever happens" to break the monotony of her rather humdrum life. A series of hilarious situations develop, however, which has Kate eating her words before the final curtain. At the centre of the plot is Dougie, Kate's drunken husband. His dramatic, yet comical, entrance and Kate's attempt to sober him. The farce of getting Dougie abed in the "hole in the wa'"; the amorous advances of Wattie Donaldson, Kate's "auld flame"; and the unexpected arrival of Kirsty, Wattie's domineering wife, and how she is surprised to find herself in bed with the drunken Dougie.
The courtship of Meg Cairns, who's desperate to wed Geordie Donaldson, who isn't quite so keen. The accusation that Dougie has a local girl in the family way, all these events blend together to provide the players with colourful characters, offering excellent scope for acting with loads of situation comedy and humorous dialogue throughout, giving the audience a good old-fashioned "belly laugh".