Trolley Girls is an energetic and hilarious comedy stretch show that follows the lives of Jess and Liv, long-term best friends and Asda workers from Burnley, Lancashire.
When they’re not staring down the stark and soul-less void of the freezer aisle, or lucky enough to work in the George department, they are spending their wages in grimy clubs and confessing their misfortune in love.
At least the twenty-somethings have each other, that is until Jess gets offered a job transfer to the cultural metropolis of Manchester.
Jessica Forrest and Olivia Nicholson are both writers and actresses in Trolley Girls. Their undeniable chemistry is evident on and off stage. The script is humorous and personal and is combined with amusing choreography performed in sync.
The audience quickly warm to Jess and Liv who carry the show in their cast of just two. Forrest and Nicholson take on the character’s clashing mothers, eccentric co-workers, and disinterested boyfriends.
Due to the use of Brechtian costume changes on stage, each scene almost always transitions effortlessly to the next.
A highlight comedic moment of the show was the drunk karaoke numbers, where the girls would hilariously adapt the song lyrics to their tragic situations.
The only time it didn’t work was when an audience member joined them on stage in an awkward rendition of Dancing Queen.
Trolley Girls is an excellent showcase of girl power and cheeky antics. It will leave you wanting to continue following the lives of Jess and Liv and would make a humorous television sitcom.
Sugar Butties performed Trolley Girls as part of the Bath Fringe Festival and will next be performing Trolley Girls at Manchester Fringe on 29th July.
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Reviewer: Isabel Hensby
Trolley Girls was a Sugar Butties performance at The Rondo Theatre, as part of the Bath Fringe Festival.