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Pigeon English (Bristol Old Vic Young Company and National Youth Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 30 August 2013

‘Pigeon English’ endeavours to reveal the complex stories behind gang violence seen on the news: Gang members and their victims are no longer just statistics, but sympathetic teenagers trying to make their way in life. Gbolahan Obisesan’s adaptation of Stephen Kelman’s novel communicates the gritty world in which the characters live, but also the sweet, child-like nature that they still posses. This is especially true of David C. Johnson as Harri, the Michael Jackson-loving innocent of the group who is forced to grow up too fast. The songs about urban plight come off as trying too hard to be ‘down with the kids’, but ‘Pigeon English’ is still something that both adolescents and adults will enjoy.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 25 Aug, 11.30am.
tw rating 4/5 | [Melissa Steel]