“Everyone wants a message and there isn’t one” is perhaps the most revelatory moral from Simon Stephen’s new work. The ‘play for young people’ is a dark twist on a coming of age story and provides an interesting take on the nihilism of modern adolescence. However, its philosophical content makes it difficult to work out whether the stiff acting and awkward script are unintentional or a comment on something. However, the play is hugely improved by an ingenious use of live electronic music created onstage. Samples of dialogue are recorded and looped in a constantly evolving dubstep inflected soundtrack. It is this and the innovative light design, not the textbook philosophy, which make the play a talking point.
Traverse Theatre, 1-19 Aug (not 2, 3 or 6), times vary.
tw rating 3/5 | [Joanna Barrow]