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Laundry Boy (Horizon Arts with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd)

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2011

‘Laundry Boy’ is a touching, contemporary comedy about Terry Orange’s journey of self-acceptance. The plot follows our protagonist, a manga-obsessed introvert, who works in his late father’s launderette. A surprise unintentional visit from a long-lost infatuation causes him to suddenly reflect upon his life (including his questionable relationship with a vacuum cleaner) in a play which proves refreshing, captivating, hilarious and deeply upsetting. Most of the performance is set in Terry’s mind, with the cartoon-esque set and 80s pop music intensifying this sensation, and though at times the writing is saccharine and clichéd, it is never boring. Imagine ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ set in a launderette in Yorkshire and you’ll have something close to ‘Laundry Boy’.

Underbelly, 10 – 28 Aug, 1.00pm (2.15pm), £8.50 – 10.50, fpp274.
tw rating 4/5