Double Top
  • Gus Alvarez & Paul Nash
  • Drama
  • 16:9
  • 15:20 min

Synopsis

From the heat of a darts trophy match, through a battle of halfwits in a minicab office, to a surreal and
redemptive epiphany, DOUBLE TOP is a playful, ironic and stylish character piece that mixes social
realism with magical realism to create a highly original take on small town masculinity gone awry.
TONE and DAZ are two pathetic characters. TONE is an aggressive bully; all veins and nerves,
cropped hair, stubble, gold chain, ice-white trainers and an England top. DAZ is an easy going but natural
underdog; large, uncomfortable in his own skin, bald and always in his ubiquitous darts shirt. They met at
school and took an instant dislike to each other yet, now in their thirties, they are still inexorably stuck
together, united in their mutual under achievement, their small town M25-badlands self-delusion, and
their love of darts.

We join DAZ and TONE at the climactic stage of a darts trophy match in the back room of a dingy
local pub. It’s hardly the gladiatorial arena they both think it is: a smattering of bored locals; a gaudy hen
do with a weeping bridesmaid; and a gang of lads half-looking for trouble. And yet the outcome of the
match is clearly utterly crucial to them both. TONE’s throws are poor and he goes bust – a bitter blow to
his bully boy persona. Leaving the door open for DAZ to snatch victory. TONE squares up to a nervous
DAZ to put him off his game. After two comically poor throws all seems lost. But DAZ surprises even
himself when his last throw – double top! – claims the trophy and glorious victory over TONE. TONE is
utterly shocked at his defeat.

We re-join DAZ later that night in a tiny minicab office; smug, drunk and cradling his trophy. He’s in
such a good mood that he’s thinking of trying it on with JENNY, the attractive, enigmatic glamorous Goth
who mans the cab office. TONE enters, also looking for a cab home, and shatters the mood. Bitter and
aggressive, he repeatedly tries to pick an argument. Their ensuing to and fro comically reveals their
shared history, their similarities and differences in attitude. Ultimately, it is through their opposition to
each other that they define themselves. JENNY silently but excitedly watches this petty squabble build.
Newly full of confidence, DAZ initially resists rising to TONE’s deliberate provocation; but eventually
turns the tables on his foe and extravagantly boasts about his victory.

This is the final straw for TONE, whose impotent rage finally consumes him. The catalyst for this
shift is the enigmatic JENNY who silently observes DAZ and TONE from behind her desk. She offers an
alternative commentary on these two petty, squabbling men, sketching them as grotesque, monstrous
caricatures. TONE begins to psychologically unravel. Finally he can take his defeat no longer, grabs DAZ,
rabbit punches him and rams the trophy down the terrified DAZ’s throat.

A loud tapping suddenly wakes them from this hideous fantasy. As if by magic, JENNY is now
holding the trophy. TONE and DAZ watch on in awe. Using her pencil as a wand with a flourish she makes
the trophy disappear. TONE and DAZ look at each other, utterly bewildered – TONE shaken to the very
core. Finally, there taxi is here. They reach for one another’s hand and, like somnambulists, exit into the
night.

 

Double Top press release