ED2011 4/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Mad About The Boy (Iron Shoes)

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2011

Very simply staged with nothing but a couple of chairs for props, all the focus is on the incredibly nimble dialogue between actors in this intense drama. This play discusses the violence and the pressures facing today’s younger generation; particularly, as implied by the title, its disillusioned ‘boys’. Without pretending to provide any easy answers, the play’s three characters – a boy, his father, and his counsellor – expertly twist and manipulate each other’s words to highlight the tensions between them, and to occasionally stick the knife in. A gritty and compelling piece about the breakdown and re-establishment of communication which explores the full power of language’s capacity to hurt and, perhaps, to heal.

Udderbelly’s Pasture, 3 – 29 Aug (not 16), 2.20pm (3.20pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp278.
tw rating 4/5