Ketchup with the comedy in The Chainsaw Manicure at the Tabard Theatre

Idle Discourse pumps new blood into Thomas Kett’s pugnacious farce The Chainsaw Manicure which was first performed at The Etcetera Theatre in 1994.

It is a ridiculously fun little comedy which opens at London’s Tabard Theatre tonight.

This fast-paced farce, jam-packed with brilliant ’90s tunes, stars former Hollyoaks’ regular Tamaryn Payne, Hannah Hawkins and Dan Dawes with Dawes also directing.

Two housemates, Abigail and Frances, personify the spirit of the 1990s. Frances is the retired party-goer who is a lascivious socialite with a hefty appetite for sex and booze. Abigail is the new age hippy, a smorgasbord of bold colours, camomile tea, yoga and enlightenment.

But both are victims of a seemingly incurable disease – desperation. Frances’ newly found sobriety belies a lingering hunger for excitement, while Abigail’s futile journey for inner peace is an attempt to cover some deep rooted neuroses.

Their self-reflecting musings are interrupted by their weird new flatmate, Gary – an unhinged young man who happens to have a penchant for ketchup sandwiches and playing the trumpet all night

Gary also has a bit of a thing going with his beloved, petrol-driven, chainsaw.

Tamaryn Payne was Off-West End nominated for Dark Tourism (Park Theatre). She has also appeared in Hollyoaks, Casualty, Twelfth Night and History Channel’s Vikings.

Hannah Hawkins credits include The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, The Seagull and Richard II.

Dan Dawes was Off-West End nominated for Revenger’s Tragedy with Immersion Theatre. He has also appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest, The Taming of the Shrew, Journey’s End and Romeo and Juliet. His directing credits include: Macbeth, Woyzeck, Richard II, Steel Tumbleweed and Twelfth Night.

The Chainsaw Manicure rattles along for 60 minutes of laughs and runs at the Tabard Theatre, Chiswick, until May 20.

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