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    We’ve all been there; it’s the end of the night and you’re trying to hail down a taxi on the way home. You get into the car, relax your feet and before you know it, you’re fast asleep in the comfort of your home. However, for one taxi driver it seems that the endless night shifts are taking their toll. He’s driven around Merseyside and seen it all on the Night Collar…


    Furlong and Power’s glorious comedy has caught a ride to the Royal Court, Liverpool. Witty, gripping and often quite moving, this is one show worth the taxi fare. Set on a cold Christmas Eve, our driver (the fabulous Alan Stocks), picks up a variety of characters across the city. From Elvis impersonators to cheeky lads and angry pensioners, you’ll be falling off your seats with laughter.


    Stocks’ performance is outstanding. The grimacing facial expressions and blunt vocals could tell a thousand tales. His impersonations of the customers were simply sensational. With convincing impressions of girl’s nights out and questions about how to divide the fare, you’ll recognise these characters from your own nights out! My jaw ached through laughing, while my mascara ran faster than a customer trying to catch the last taxi home. If there was ever a comedy award for dry humour, Stocks would be the leading man.


    Riding along with Stocks is a cast of customers ready to make you laugh and make you cry. Jake Abraham had an incredible voice as the lovable Elvis impersonator, whilst Suzanne Collins and Michael Ledwich were an amusing duo as the arguing couple. Reacting realistically to the taunts of one another, the chemistry between the two set the stage alive. Speaking of brilliant duos, Lenny Woods and Alan Stocks were one of the highlights of the show as a drunken groom-to-be and the driver. Wood’s has an amazing ability to make you laugh, in even the most serious of situations, with his juxtaposition of serious facial expressions and humourous timing.


    Amongst the lights and the laughs of the Night Collar was a performance to warm your heart and bring you back down to reality. Ethaine Brown gave one of the most convincing and realistic interpretations of a woman whose life was not all partying and happiness. The emotional duologue between Brown and Stocks brought the first act to a close, but the memory lasted long after the show has finished. She is one of the most incredible actors I have ever seen – and one who deserves a standing ovation.


    If you’re looking for the perfect destination, hop on board and take a ride to Night Collar. It’s a journey you’ll want to take again and again.


    Photographs (C) Bond Media

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