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Square Go (Francesca Moody Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 13 August 2019

It’s time for Max’s “square go”. His rite-of-passage fight by the school gates. Unfortunately, he’s inadvertently picked his fight with Danny Guthrie, the school’s toughest boy, and there’s less than an hour until the final bell. It’s here that we join him, in Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair’s riotous delight of a play, as Max attempts to find courage with the aid of his odd pal Stevie. As the two boys, Daniel Portman and Gavin Jon Wright are exceptional, all paper-thin swagger, capturing everything that’s so ridiculous about being a teenage boy. The play is so deftly handled that it moves seamlessly from the audience raucously cheering on an arm-wrestling contest to moments of understated poignancy, and nothing feels unearned.

Roundabout @ Summerhall, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Jon Stapley]