Killing Time (Edinburgh University Theatre Company)
By Charlotte Ryan | Published on Saturday 18 August 2012
In exactly one hour the world will end, and the audience is along for the ride as we watch two teenage boys discussing those pressing subjects that need to be covered before armageddon: foreskins, losing their virginities and those all-important vital statistics. In this surprisingly moving meditation on how people cope with impending death, both Callum O’Dwyer and Joe McArdle excel as adolescents whose whole world may have changed, but who still approach everything with the same laddish humour. The friendship between the two boys is beautifully acted and Amy Plender is also very good as a young girl trying to take control of her situation. Both funny and touching, this well-written, stripped-back piece is oddly uplifting.
Bedlam Theatre, 3-25 Aug, times vary.
tw rating 4/5 | [Charlotte Ryan]