‘Skittles’ tells a simple story – boy meets girl, gets girl, loses girl – but it’s given a new spin through Richard Marsh’s words. Fast-paced and rhythmical, his hour-long poem manages the impressive task of being at once natural-sounding and completely stylised. It’s playful, too, at times very funny: “You’re so hot it’s like you’re covered in kettles” is a line that sticks in the mind. At other moments, however, it’s heart-breaking. Though an old story, Marsh’s talents are enough to sustain something much more exciting and new, but ‘Skittles’ still tugs at the heartstrings. Affecting, but never affected, it’s a powerful hour in the company of a rare talent.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 29 Aug (not 16), 2.05pm (3.05pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp298
tw rating 4/5