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About Money (65% Theatre) 

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2022

With its Jabberwocky monsters and its parent-less kids struggling to survive in a hostile world, there’s something of a child-like, fairy-tale energy to Eliza Gearty’s play for London-based 65% Theatre. The monsters here, though, are burger bar bosses making unreasonable demands, or faceless social services threatening to separate the siblings. Shaun is still a teenager himself, but he’s bringing up his kid sister Sophie – with a little help from dodgy mate Eddie. Performances are strong but uneven – from Matthew Boyle’s exuberant energy as Eddie to Michael McCardie’s simmering, pent-up Shaun. There are one or two confounding gaps and non-sequiturs, but nonetheless, it’s a timely, powerful play, and moving in its portrayal of apparently inescapable cycles of deprivation and exclusion. 

Summerhall, until 28 Aug. 
tw rating 3/5 | [David Kettle]