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Breakfast Plays: Youthquake (Traverse Theatre Company)

By | Published on Friday 17 August 2018

If you can get up early enough, the ‘Breakfast Plays’ are a great opportunity to discover new writing talent. Young playwrights at the Traverse are paired with established British writers, and we see a script-in-hand reading of a play by each of them. This year, the theme is the word “youthquake”, and first up is ‘Grout’ by Ella Hickson, which explores how three people react in the aftermath of a tragic incident. The writing is clever and taut, yet the premise is not as exciting as that of ‘Old Enough’ by Laurie Motherwell, which imagines a future where the age of adulthood is to be legally changed to 25. While the writing is obviously not quite as polished as Hickson’s, this intriguing play is a great showcase for Motherwell’s fresh, intelligent voice.

Traverse Theatre, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Marni Appleton]