- Lorna Irvine
- 7 August 2018
This article is from 2018
Likeable comedy drama is old-school
Writers and directors David Horan and Iseult Gordon's comedy drama follows quick-tempered mechanic Brian (Stephen Jones), his emotionally articulate wife, hairdresser Donna (Sarah Morris) and the standoff that develops when their son's teacher Ray (Will O' Connell) tells them their child is struggling at school and would benefit from seeing an educational psychologist. Class takes on different meanings as education and social status begin to clash.
Kind of a Breakfast Club in reverse with an Irish twist, the parents seem to regress back to their childhood selves when in the company of the more educated man, and disparate parenting styles, marital difficulties and toxic masculinity all bubble to the surface in a slightly soapy format.
The performances by the trio are superb, and the physicality of Jones and Morris in other roles as children make for some appealing physical comedy scenes. But the concept of a troubled childhood template for our future depressed selves is a well-mined trope and hampered by prosaic dialogue.
Still, there is an indisputably infectious energy and charm to the piece, and it's refreshing to see a show dealing in a well-meaning but fallible male primary school teacher who is neither perverse nor prim.
Traverse, until 26 Aug, (not 13 & 20), times vary, £20.50 (£15.50).