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Cosmic Scallies (Graeae Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 25 August 2017

This two-hander is the latest piece from Disabled-led company Graeae Theatre, which, at its heart, tells the tender, touching story of an unlikely friendship. Childhood friends Dent and Shaun haven’t seen each other in ten years, until Dent returns to Skelmersdale in chronic pain. Dent is unable to walk properly and in urgent need of a prescription, but she’s reluctant to receive help from Shaun, despite having no other options. This is the main crux of the play, but the narrative never really progresses, resulting in a lack of substance and a plot that could benefit from more development. Still, the performances are sincere and authentic, and the witty, sharp dialogue makes for an engaging, heart-warming play.

Northern Stage at Summerhall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Amy Bonar]