ED2022 5/5 Reviews ED2022 Theatre Reviews

Sandcastles (Brite Theater)

By | Published on Sunday 7 August 2022

On 9/11, everyone was messaging “I love you”. This play brings on a similar impulse, exploring the bonds of adolescent friendship in a world where angst in case of terrorism is accepted. Beth and Hannah have been besties since they were seven – built sandcastles together, travelled Europe, held each other up when drunk – but then Beth drops a bombshell: she’s going to New York, and Hannah isn’t prepared for everything she shares with Beth to change. Steve McMahon’s script is funny and warm, and perfectly replicates friendly banter. Beth and Hannah are performed with depth and an easy finesse – surely these two really are friends and we’re merely eavesdropping on their reminiscences? Really, first-class. I was moved to tears, others too. 

Assembly Rooms, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Catherine Meek]