Comedy review: Don’t Disturb the Driver
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Don’t Disturb the Driver at theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36), reviewed by Matt Trueman
Thomas Jones and Nikolai Ribnikov, both recent graduates, have written a decent sitcom with some actual laughs. Look around the Fringe and you’ll see quite how rare that is.
There’s nothing very novel about Don’t Disturb the Driver – in fact, it’s contentedly unfashionable (think On The Buses rewritten post-The Office) – but it is accomplished and punchy.
At a Swansea coach station, 28-year-old Will (Tom Woodward) is about to get the golden gloves marking his millionth mile; an achievement he is rather less thrilled by than his boisterous boss Clive (Jones) is. Having dropped out of an engineering degree to support a wife and child, Will’s wondering what might have been.
All of which gives it heart, but not necessarily laughs. Those come because Jones and Ribnikov really commit. We get embittered newbie Paul, working on his welcome aboard routine, and office-stooge English (he’s Welsh), whose coffee gets spiked with sleeping pills before long journeys. With a little surrealism, they’d be in Tom Basden territory. It’s a low-rent production with a cast that – Jones excepted – don’t do the material justice, but there’s real promise here, if not originality.
MORE INFO: Don’t Disturb the Driver is at theSpace
Originally published in The Scotsman