REVIEW: Good Luck, Studio

Looking for a fun evening out in Salisbury in the coming weeks? The latest show at Salisbury Playhouse is guaranteed to make you giggle.

‘Good Luck, Studio’ is a new dark comedy, produced by Wiltshire Creative in collaboration with Mercury Colchester and Mischief Theatre.

The production is the latest offering from Mischief Theatre who are behind the award-winning global sensation ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ and the BBC comedy series ‘The Goes Wrong Show’. 

Speaking about the new production, Henry Shields said, “We love pushing ourselves into the unknown and trying new things.

"While Good Luck, Studio is darker in tone than our previous work it still has all the fun and silliness we’re known for, so what I hope we’re doing is reaching out to a new audience who might be less keen on our more family-friendly work, whilst still providing plenty for our existing fans to enjoy.”

The premise of this production lends itself to dark and contemptuous comedy. The magical world of children’s TV is juxtaposed with the cynical perspectives of the stars of the show.

The performance begins on set for a Children’s TV show with the audience playing the live audience of excited toddlers. The clever and witty script is accompanied by an impressive rotating set design. 

The first scenes introduce Toby as the line-fluffing Wibble the Dragon (Chris Leask), the fame-obsessed Elizabeth who plays Princess Pineapple (Jemma Geanaus), theatre old timer Anthony who plays King Lemonhead (Adam Byron), Pam the puppeteer (Eboni Dixon) and the socially awkward scriptwriter Sean (Harry Kershaw).

The story then explores the three perspectives of the studio, gallery and medical room.

Here, Tom Walker plays Andy, a dry, sarcastic and jaded director and Bryony Corrigan takes on Saoirse, his compliance-obsessed assistant. Greg Tannahill plays Kevin, an Airfix fanatic who gets himself in a rather hilarious sticky situation.

Suddenly, there’s an actor who didn’t get the part (Gareth Tempest) and he’s got a vendetta and a gun… This is when comical chaos ensues!

It’s silly, it’s daft and as calamity piles upon calamity, the audience is carried away with laughter.

This adult take on kids' TV is a feel-good production which will have you rolling in the aisles. 

The show is suitable for ages 14+ and contains strong language, emotive themes of an adult nature, a bomb threat, a hostage situation, loud bangs and gunshots.

‘Good Luck, Studio’ is on at Salisbury Playhouse until Saturday 5th November, so gather your friends and get ready for a good old laugh!

Tickets start from £12 - book your ticket here!

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Photography by Pamela Raith.

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