This parody of 90s Children’s television tells the darkly comic story of host Chesley Chippenham’s collapsing marriage overlaid on the wonderfully contrasting background of light hearted animal-friendly fun. While the central premise of the play is superbly well done, and the ménage-a-trois between the host, his wife and Andy the handyman manages to be both believable and extremely funny, this is let down by a series of limp and unfunny appearances by various one-off characters, ‘Granger the paedophile’ being a particularly inappropriate low point. At its best Squirrel Party is a glorious blend of superb one-liners and surprisingly clever innuendo and it’s a real shame that this cannot be maintained consistently through to the end.
C Soco, 3 – 29 Aug, 7.55pm (8.45pm), £7.50 – £9.50, fpp154.
tw rating 3/5