theSpace on North Bridge, Fife Theatre
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 stars)
I have a slight knot in my stomach writing this review simply as I’m worried I can’t portray simply how amazing it is. I can easily say this is the best piece of new theatre I’ve seen in a long time and I haven’t gone 2 hours in the past few days without telling someone about it. Now, by now you must be thinking, who wrote this amazing drama, it must be someone with years of experience to leave an impact like this. No, no, no. This was written by a 17-year-old student who is far beyond his years.
The duologue features two young best friends who play the passionate and engaging brothers Mathew and Mikey. Played by the producers of the show Harrison Sharpe and Archie Stevens who are making their Edinburgh fringe debut.
Set in the bedroom of the doting brothers, it delves into the issues facing these teens and portrays them in a way that leaves you speechless. They tackle sexuality, drug use and body shaming. It has you gripped from the start and has you leaning forward in your seat as you are hanging on their every breath.
I was reminiscent of my youth, I felt a connection through the stories they told, I was taken back through a mirror of nostalgia. The coming of age revelations are cemented through the real connection that Archie and Harrison have on stage, they are passionate actors with a real grasp of theatre. There are tough lessons for the characters to overcome that are a signpost to the youth in the room, you feel like you learn something, almost makes you grow as a person watching them as they have a fearless and open view on society.
It’s gripping from the start and the best performance I’ve seen so for. I will bet top dollar that this won’t be the last we see of this dynamic duo and I take my hat of to the stellar performance provided by producers, writers and actors of such a young age.