Bonnie Prince Charlie, young and excitable, wants to lead a rebellion. He’s going to fight to the death to beat political corruption and classist oppression. Youth-led riots, did you say? I bet Nabokov didn’t think their Festival contribution would be quite so topical when they started rehearsing. Fundamentally, the acting is of a high standard; our Charlie shouts a little too much but the Withnail-and-I-esque relationship between his twitchy character and the steadfast Donald offers a warm humour to what is pretty heavy stuff, and all three cast members have confident stage presence. If the rioters of our day were as certain of their cause, there’d be trouble!
Underbelly, 4 – 28 Aug (not 17), 4.40pm (5.40pm), £8.50 – £10.50, fpp314.
tw rating 3/5