This heartfelt and humorous production leaves you feeling thankful to be out of high school. An overweight teenager decides he has had enough ridicule and takes measures to turn his life around, despite his obese mother, who wants only to feed him chips. Talent oozes from these young performers, though many of their characters are slightly too predictable. ‘Chips On Shoulders’ delivers more in the way of physical theatre than it does dramatically, making creative use of the most basic props. The play is overly narrated: it includes several third person accounts from the protagonist, which leave the audience being told how to feel instead of experiencing it. Enjoyable, nonetheless, largely due to the talented group of young performers.
Zoo Roxy, Aug 5 – 20, 12.45pm (1.30pm), £5.00 – £7.00, fpp249.
tw rating 3/5