Liar Liar tells the story of a 14-year-old girl named Grace (Danusia Samal) who is stuck in a world of video games and Blackberry. Desperate to make herself feel like a rebel, she feels the need to tell people about a wild lifestyle she is not having. But her lies launch her in a showdown with the police and put her dad (Thomas Padden) on the line.
As you walk into the theatre you definitely get a sense of Grace’s world. Her messy room is the only set up in this play, so you become very comfortable straight away. Then immediately you are taken out of that comfort zone with a real life Call Of Duty scene. With such a fierce opening scene, you know that Liar Liar is going to take you on a ride.
The cast may only be small, but the four members manage to keep the audience entertained and engaged through out. Samal has this wonderful aura around her. The scene where she explains where she was on the night of the little boy’s murder is one of the best moments of the show. The adults of the show are also a great addition. Steve (Carl Patrick) will get on your nerves as the noisy neighbour (until you see his real reason for being there) and Padden, who plays Grace’s dad David, immediately gives off bad vibes from the opening scene.
If I had to pick one problem with the show is is that there is nowhere near enough stage time for Coco. Ritu Arya plays Grace’s older sister perfectly, delivering lines like “tell me or I’ll write to Justin Bieber and tell him you said he was gay” with such great comedic timing. Could we get a Coco spin off perhaps?
One thing that you have to applaud the show for is the writing. E.V. Crowe states in the programme that the play is influenced by the young people she met while teaching in different parts of London and the research really shows. The show is filled with Blackberry Messenger driven scenes and performances of Justin Bieber hits, it is the perfect show for the new generation.
Liar Liar is sophisticated, fresh and funny but it has a really important message that young and old should really pay attention to. Grace is almost pushed into lying throughout the play, lying about her friend’s sexuality, lying about her ‘wild’ lifestyle, but in reality she feels disconnected from all of that. Liar Liar keeps its message through out, and will definitely be a good piece to use in schools. Another winner from Unicorn Theatre.
Liar Liar is playing at Unicorn Theatre until 6 March. For more information and tickets, see http://unicorntheatre.com/liar-liar