Future in Eternity
at Gilded Balloon Theatre (Venue 38), Edinburgh
your clouds immediately and leave your halos at the Pearly gates
on the way out!'
These are the stern words of God as he lets go two of his angels
due to the falling demand for religion and the lack of a future
in eternity. With the job situation looking equally grim when Asphael
and Zorephonithuel visit hell, the two angels set off to try their
luck on Earth with us mortals. No Future in Eternity is an amusing
comic play which tracks the fortunes of two angels as they get to
grips with the realities of everyday life.
by two random books picked up in a shop in Kings Cross, Asphael
with a copy of the biography of the great rock artist Brog Twangthrust
and Zorephonithuel rather taken with a pap romantic novel, the two
angels set about building their new lives and deciding what sex
they want to be. Office Angels snap up the aspiring secretary Zorephonithuel
while Asphael perfects the art of bumming around cafes until s/he
(Asphael is reluctant to choose which sex to be on Earth) finds
a band and lands her first gig.
back at the flat, spent discussing the peculiarities of human life
with their flatmate Phil, a cosmologist, and their concerned landlady
Trish, who takes pity on 'political refugees', provide Cotterill
and Harkness with heaps of material for non-stop witty gags, which
kept the audience tittering. Neatly woven into the script is a good
dose of the science of cosmology - fundamental forces, the theory
of everything, big bang, solar neutrinos, and much more.
somewhat nerdy attempts to engage the angels interest in a subject
they feel they know far more about than him (but decide this is
best kept to themselves) provides plenty more humorous material
and induces your interest in this scientific subject matter. On
occasion the introduction of science into the play seems a bit forced,
but on the whole it works well. While cosmological analogies hindered
Phil's attempt to express his growing love for Zorephonithuel it
did at least provide him with an original chat-up line - 'you curved
my universe.' A fun comedy with serious intent - highly recommended.