Youth Theatre member Susan Segar reviews Down the Dock Road
Published on 22 March 2016
40 years after Alan Bleasdale wrote and put on this production at the Playhouse, it has come back to the Royal Court with a brilliant cast who are happy to be a part of the show, none more so than Family Fortunes star Les Dennis who saw the original production all those years ago when he was young enough to play the youngest character Our Kid (played by Nathan McMullen) and now he’s playing they eldest character Grandad, a docker on his last day.
Cast List: Derek Barr - Guy Fawkes
Les Dennis - Grandad
Paul Duckworth - Mastermind
James Duke - Multiple Roles
Oliver Farnworth - Dobbo
Michael Ledwich - Wonderboy
Nathan McMullen - Our Kid
Conrad Nelson - Marley
Andrew Schofield - McKenna
Daniel Taylor - Mickey
This is a great cast for a great Alan Bleasdale show, Paul and Andrew (who are straight from bricking up the Mersey Tunnels), Daniel, Derek, Conrad and James are all making their Royal Court stage debut now add some Tv glamour with Coronation St bad boy Oliver Farnworth and star of Misfits Nathan McMullen and you have your cast!
The show is very much a day in the life of very different dockers, Mickey the comedian (Daniel Taylor), the brilliantly simple Wonderboy (played by Royal Court regular Michael Ledwich), the sex-mad Croxteth Casanova (played amazingly by Oliver Farnworth) and they are all part of Mad Michael McKenna’s gang (Andrew Schofield). Come along and follow the tricks and scams these dockers go through, laugh, talk about how things from 40 years ago are still relevant today, don’t just take my word for it, have a look at these comments I got: “Oliver and Les are mates, so I’m happy to see them on the stage, I loved the show” - Mikey North (Gary Windass from Coronation St) “I loved it” - Suzanne Collins (Royal Court regular) “It’s more of a drama, but that’s what makes it so good” - Dave Kirby (Playwright) This is a great show and many nights are already sold out!! It’s on till 9th April, and it is dedicated to a great Liverpool comedian Mickey Finn (who was in the original cast) who sadly passed away this month.
Ps. don’t forget the tissues because you’ll need them.