ED2018 3/5 Reviews ED2018 Theatre Reviews

Seven Ways To Calm The F**k Down (3BUGS)

By | Published on Saturday 18 August 2018

A stressed-out student, in his final year at university, tries to cure his anxiety with the “help” of an irreverent talking self-help book. In ‘Seven Ways…’ we explore the effects of this attempt, both on his well-being and on those around him. The acting is sincere, the voice of the book is wonderfully snarky, and the sound design is humorous and precise. 3BUGS, from the University Of Birmingham, regularly bring innovative, engaging work to the Fringe, but this year’s offering is sadly let down by the staging – so much is played on chairs or on the floor that there were whole scenes where I just couldn’t see the characters. Nonetheless, this is a genuine, optimistic look at mental health and the value of support networks.

Greenside @ Infirmary Street, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5