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Crazy Dog Audio Theatre's
Tread Softly Bill Lizard
by Roger Gregg

An adventure in "...social satire, literary parody and slapstick farce."

Bill Lizard is thrown off his speeding train of thought straight into the fertile landscape of the Celtic Imagination.  Trapped there, he becomes an unwilling Yankee tourist fumbling through a surreal tapestry of Irish literary parody, social satire and romping slap-stick. 

2 CDs

Review:
The Sunday Tribune
7 January 2001

As its title suggests, Roger Gregg's radio drama fantasia Tread Softly, Bill Lizard is a vastly entertaining satirical romp on all things Irish. When Bill Lizard, a Chandleresque private dick, is derailed from his train of thought, he tumbles headlong into the Celtic Imagination, and becomes an unwilling American tourist wandering through a fertile and frantic world of social satire, literary parody and slapstick farce... As Bill searches for his mobile phone to get back to the real world, armed with a map  the cloth of Yeats' He Wishes For The Cloths of Heaven -- and aided by Cyril, a 6ft Pooka in the shape of a rabbit, Gertie, a streetwise punk and Billie, his feminine side, each of the five episodes charts the various stages of his journey through the Back Of Beyond -- beginning in Begrudgia, then along the Stream Of Consciousness...

Writer and director Gregg packs each episode with an astonishing array of cross cultural and literary references including The Importance Of Being Earnest, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Apocalypse Now, Robert DeNiro, Gulliver's Travels, Cyril Cusack, and Waiting For Godot among many others -- and riffs on a medley of contemporary socio-political issues (from planning tribunals and environmental pollution) to create a clever and exuberant comic drama.

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