Belt Up’s The Boy James

Belt Up’s The Boy James
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In a tenement high above the streets of Edinburgh is a loft which is carpeted from end to end, with battered sofas and armchairs and cushions scattered all around. It is here that Belt Up Theatre presents a piece of theatre that isn’t just watched it’s completely experienced.

Jethro Compton performs the titular role of the boy with complete deft of touch and grace as he greets his audience on the landing to the loft and takes us inside a loft that is both warm and involving on the senses. The boy James leads us through a game of tag and stick in the mud before we settle down and join hands for the great journey beyond the second star to the left and straight on till Morning by closing our eyes and wishing really hard.

We are then introduced to the character of James (Dan Wood) who shares the boys adventures and has reached the end of his road as he has had to grow up, We are also introduced to the girl played by Lucy Farrett who is about is about to shatter the boys world with the one thing that is destined for us all adulthood.

This production both enthrals and captivates the mind and senses as you are so drawn in to whats happening around you, very much akin to actually living a dream and watching it descend into a nightmare. I ran the a full cycle of emotions, I laughed, was shocked and cried openly with the audience as we relived the best of our own childhoods and the horror which some face as they struggle to become adults in a world they no longer recognise.

The beautiful setting helps you forget what you’re seeing is simply theatre and the unique sound of a clock ticking the minutes away and simple lighting further enhance the experience. As you leave the warm loft to the cool midnight air of Edinburgh your left in awe of what you just saw in the last hour. This truly is a very rare kind of production on the festival one of which I would recommend anyone should see.

If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, then make your way up the stairs to a loft high above the streets of Edinburgh where you can dream of childhood and play games with the boy James.