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Fcuk’d (Theatre N16 and Eastlake Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 15 August 2018

An intense verse monologue, the verbal and performative skills on display are impressive. There’s a heart-warming sincerity to the protagonist’s commitment to his younger brother, and a palpable sense of his desperate need to look after him, to protect him, to keep him from going into foster care. There’s a cheeky charm to the character too; his sharp observations of the reality of the crumbling housing state go some way to offset how blind he is to the reality of his own situation (the very clear sense that the kid would be better off away from his brother). The ending is very clever: it took me a while to appreciate the implications of the almost too-subtle word play.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 [Andy Leask]