Awkward schoolboy humour, hapless characters and coming-of-age pitfalls abound in Drip, a delightful new musical comedy which comes to the Lowry for one night only at the end of January. Based on real life teenage experiences and stories, Drip has been written by Tom Wells (Jumpers for Goalposts). He’s a Northern playwright with an authentic voice who has been described as ‘master of the adorkable’. The script may have came out of workshops with LGBTQ+ teenagers and local groups but Drip is still very much a comedy. The plot revolves around one boy’s foray in the world of synchronised swimming; 15-year-old Liam (played by Josh Tucker) signs up for the Bev Road Baths’ first-ever team in an attempt to help his best mate Caz cadge a special school prize. There’s one problem though… Liam has hardly ever been to a pool, and he definitely can’t swim. Impressing his friend is going to come at a cost – but will he sink or swim? Drip has been directed by Wells’ long-time collaborator Jane Fallowfield and has an original score by Matthew Robins. The result is must see for anyone who remembers the awkwardness of growing up – with plenty of laughs.
Thu 31 Jan, The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ, Tel: 0843 208 6000, 8pm, £10-12, www.thelowry.com
Published on: Wed 9 Jan 2019