fringe first 2008

Critics Award
for Theatre in Scotland




***** Irish Examiner      ***** The British Theatre Guide      **** The Scotsman

**** The Metro      **** The Times      **** Timeout

**** The Herald      **** Financial Times      **** Onstage Scotland


Quotes’s the performances from a superb ensemble cast and the sheer inventiveness of the staging that takes the breath away
— The Metro
What Slick has by the oily bucketload... is a faultless, fast-paced, brilliant sense of style, and of how to create a cutting-edge comic-strip show for theatre
— The Scotsman
a delicious black comedy
— The Financial Times
a show whose whole creative team deserve a standing ovation
— The Scotsman
the technical virtuosity in Slick is breathtaking
— Irish Examiner


Dark, dirty and dynamically staged, SLICK is an exploration of greed, corruption and loss-of-innocence using our grotesque 'human puppets'.

Originally produced in 2008, SLICK will be going back out on tour in the UK in Spring 2013.

Nine years old and permanently attached to his skate board, Little Malcolm Biggar's sole aim in life is to convince his neglectful parents to buy him a helmet. But all that changes the day crude oil begins pumping up through the Biggar family's toilet. Elation turns to desperation as the Biggars attempt to keep their new-found wealth a secret from perverted landlord Jerko and his malevolent, ailing mother Mrs Dreich. When the Biggars start trading oil for arms, Malcolm is caught at the centre of an explosive showdown between the feuding neighbours.

Combining absurd comedy, visual storytelling, puppetry, object theatre and physical performance to create a unique ensemble performance with comic-strip visuals. We aim to present a technically complex and accomplished theatre piece that balances grotesque dark comedy with moments of pathos and human warmth.

Slick sold out its Fringe Festival run before touring to a further seven venues across Scotland. The production went on to feature in the 2008 Scotland Live showcase and the Cork Midsummer Festival 2009.




Lighting Design: Simon Wilkinson
Sound Design: Graham Sutherland
Script Advisor: Stephen Greenhorn

Production Manager: Fiona Fraser
Producer: Susannah Armitage
Graphic Design: Gary Birnie


2013 Company

Little Malcolm Biggar: James Young
Mrs Biggar: Angela Darcy
Mr Biggar: Steven Rae
Jerko Dreich: Harry Ward
Mrs Dreich: Jo Freer

Assistant Director: Andrew McGregor (Assistant Director post supported by the Federation of Scottish Theatre Assistant Director Bursary)

2008 Company

Little Malcolm Biggar: Jordan Young
Mrs Biggar: Angela Darcy
Mr Biggar: Robert Jack
Jerko Dreich: Mark Prendergast
Mrs Dreich: Cora Bissett

Stage Manager: Rob Armstrong
Technical Stage Manager: Rhuari Coe