Slickly told story of the oil struggle and the arms race, condensed into one tenement

Get ready for the Slickest event of the year at the Eastgate on Wednesday.

Slick is a darkly comic story about the inhabitants of a destitute tenement built above the only crude oil supply in Glasgow … only no-one knows that yet.

The world is seen through the eyes of little Malcolm Biggar, a nine-year-old with a passion for his skateboard, a harrowing fear of his lunatic neighbours and a growing suspicion that perhaps his parents do not always have his best interests at heart.

Malcolm’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. Vox Motus aims 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.

Slick sees itself as a theatre of storytelling visuals, transformational design, magic, comedy, music, physical performance, puppetry, multi-media and thrills.

A spokesman said: “We are drawn to stories that explore extremes of behaviour and taboos in the contemporary world: often unbelievable true tales that delve into the bizarre, glorious, exhilarating and macabre. The stories we tell offer audiences opportunities to engage in live experiences that may in small (or large) ways enhance or challenge their understanding of the world.”

Vox Motus is a sociable creature and for each project collaboration with other artists – composers, designers, illustrative artists, choreographers, digital editors –is at the heart of our work.

Artistic directors Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds conceive, write, direct and design Vox Motus’ productions.

Slick appears at the Eastgate Theatre on Wednesday, March 20, at 7.30pm. Tickets £12 (under-16s £5). Tel 01721 725777.