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Heroin(e) For Breakfast (King Brilliant Theatre / Richard Jordan Productions in association with Pleasance)

By | Published on Friday 16 August 2019

The original creative team have reunited to revive Philip Stokes’ award winning play from 2009, following three characters struggling with drug addiction. While the cast gave some fantastic performances which kept it interesting, attempts to update the script for a modern audience fell short. Everything from the trope of having drugs (heroin) personified, to the relentlessly loud ramblings of the central ‘anti-hero’ felt tired. With the sudden climax, the conclusion of the play and character arcs felt rushed and false, and I didn’t find myself empathising with their fates. Although the plot twist added a poignant element, I left feeling it was a story I could watch in many other works, done a lot better.

Pleasance Dome, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Izzy Cutler]