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Chalk Farm (Thickskin)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2013

An intimate story unfolds amidst the chaos of London’s riots. Within this simple and effective narrative, the audience is invited into the inner thoughts of a single mother and her teenage son, revealing a loving but strained relationship. The dramatic irony and the mother’s completely heartfelt acting brought me to tears. Monologues by the son needed more consideration to be as engrossing, but kept an exciting pace that sped though to the end. Finishing abruptly, though in a good way, the story left me with questions and I wanted it to continue. Both actors formed an excellent audience dynamic with their comic timing, unaffected acting and thought-provoking speeches. This newly written work will stir your mind and your emotions.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 25 Aug (not 13, 19) 6.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Eleanor Lang]