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7 Seventeen-Year-Olds In A Screwed-Up World (Square Pegs – Macready Theatre Young Actors’ Company)

By | Published on Saturday 6 August 2022

Despite a few laughs, and the odd glimmer that a deeper meaning might be found, this play feels more like a rough, improvised workshop. The seven actors give gamely engaging performances, but the script remains perpetually poised on the cusp of reaching for a point, without ever really committing. There are some nods to feminism, racism and privilege, but their treatment is wafer-thin, and lacking in purpose or conviction. The suggestion that the teenagers are refugees is slipped in at the climax, without any commentary or impact. The dialogue throughout is trite, and the characterisation inconsistent, with arguments flaring from nowhere then fizzling out. Perhaps that is the point, but if so, it’s a poor one.

C cubed, until 13 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andy Leask]