Thrown overboard after attempting mutiny, three men lie adrift in a small boat somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean. With no land or rescue in sight, the three stowaways have no choice but to try and give each other hope when there doesn’t seem to be much of it.
George Infini’s three-hander is one of the funniest shows you’ll see in Edinburgh this year. Infini also wrote hit show Service!, and there are shades of that sitcom formula present in Adrift. Each scene plays out like a standalone sketch, building to punchlines that are laugh-out-loud funny. A script is only as good as it’s delivery, though, and Clock Tower have cast three fantastic actors. James Beaumont, Sam Harding are Grant Crawley are effortlessly funny, showing great chemistry and a penchant for comic timing.
Letting these three actors cut loose is the best decision that director George Goding makes. Other than the boat itself, the stage is empty, not giving the audience any reason to be distracted. The fast-forwarding scene changes are also a genius touch, and demonstrate Goding’s commitment to getting as many laughs as possible. Whether it’s drawn-out dialogue sequences or throwaway sight gags, the production does a brilliant job of mining every drop of humour it can.
Adrift is the sort of show that will legitimately make your sides hurt, and leave you feeling happier than you did coming in. The big problem with this play is that it has to end – a genuine shame, as fifty minutes just isn’t enough in the company of these hapless but lovable fools.