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Boys (No Prophet Theatre Company / Close Up Theatre)

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Rogue road cones, AWOL cutlery and the dirty stench of communal student living contribute to making ‘Boys’ an uncannily accurate portrayal of young adulthood. A heady frenzy of mad parties, drugs, drink and Disney (because ‘The Lion King’ is all part of the rock and roll student lifestyle too, you know), this is a production that whacks you over the head with its understanding and un-patronising approach to adolescence. At over 100 minutes long, ‘Boys’ certainly demands a patient audience: a problem that could have been remedied by chopping a lot of forgettable scenes. However, what carries the production through to the bitter end is the outstandingly perceptive and sensitive acting of this young cast that truly belies their years.

C aquila, until 26 Aug (not 12, 19), 9.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Katharine Wootton]