A devilishly humorous, profoundly poignant, and in all honesty an unexpected delight of a performance. My moderate caution towards this play cultivated into cynical nervousness as I took my seat in the New Theatre for Grassroots’ Production of A Kiss on The Bottom, surrounded by the more senior theatre goer and with an air of situation comedy wafting from the stage. However within ten fast comical minutes, any youthful theatrical snobbery was swiftly quashed as my frantic, deliberating mind was gratefully distracted.
Wales’s playwriting comic Kaiser Frank Vickery directs his own dramatic conception that is fit to burst with chirpy, cheeky chitchat, forcible friendships and stirring sentiment. An all female cast fertilize Vickery’s lyrical soil, alighting a tale of the brash but endearing Marlene, confined to a hospital ward she shares with a variety of characters draped in social decadence. As time tediously ticks by the three main occupants share laughter and tears as the beauty of friendship and the sting of society’s attitude towards the elderly collide