The Slide was a 'jukebox musical' written by Adrian Davis, featuring the songs of The Beautiful South. It was showcased at the Phoenix Theatre in Swindon in 1997.
Adrian describes himself as a bloke with 'some ideas'. Adrian, as a member of a local theatre was growing tired of being 'at the back' or playing 'understudy to every part' so he turned to writing. He was inspired by The Beautiful South's music and the idea of three lads going back to University, originating from the three numbers in the show 'Old Red Eyes Is Back', 'Mother's Pride' and 'Song For Whoever'. These numbers became the foundation for the show's story lines, alcoholism, sexual-ism and infidelity. 'The Slide' was Adrian's first attempt at producing a show.
The Story of the show Baddie, an engineer from London is in his late 30's. He has the chance to complete a degree, in the form of a scholarship, through his work within two years! He feels this is a great idea and his long term girlfriend, Janice, is supportive of advancing Baddie's career and for the two of them to settle down. The trouble is Baddie will have to go up North, away from Janice, into full time education. For him it's a chance to live the student life and submerge himself in the joys of drinking (an opportunity he never had when he was 20).
Baddie moves in with two very different characters. Patrick is a naive but sincere student in the throws of doing his doctorate in psychiatry. Anthony is casually returning to complete his law degree and at the same time, not so casually, seeking out the opposite sex. This includes a local girl called Kim.
In the two years whilst at University, the three of them become friends. Baddie's taste for the good stuff steers his two mates in different directions and into a whirlpool of problems of their own.
Will Janice be able to stop Baddie's descent into alcoholism?
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