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Brush (Synesthetic Collective)

By | Published on Friday 2 August 2013

‘Brush’ is a refreshingly raw and quirky take on the familiar ‘starving artist’ theme. The stage is transformed into a squalid flat where two art school graduates, Matt and Swanny (Danny Mellor and Forest Watkins), relate their tangled web of lives and loves. Mellor and Watkins’s performances do Melanie Anne Ball’s painfully realistic dialogue justice, imbuing the familiar rants of a twenty-something adrift with the right mix of humour and self-pity. It really is hard not to become immersed in their reality. This illusion only falters when the play covers the topic of sexuality, the storyline verging on a hackneyed trope and losing some of its subtlety. Otherwise, ‘Brush’ is fresh and fearless.

C Nova, until 26 Aug (not 12), 7.40pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Melissa Steel]