Square Go (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Square Go

Time for a ruck in the playground

Max and Stevie are in the school toilets, awaiting Max's first square go with school hardman Danny Guthrie, who is no doubt going to give him a 'guaranteed pumping'. With the scent of Lynx Africa in the air and a strawberry lace in mouth, Square Go dismantles small town toxic masculinity with an uppercut of humour.

The two main characters are instantly likable: Stevie's incorrect use of words is perpetually endearing while Max's quick comebacks and his fear of playground consequence has a boyish charm. There's an ever-present boisterousness, with its tongue firmly in cheek.

The production on Square Go is impeccable: the music, composed by members of Frightened Rabbit, fits smoothly with the tone and pace. The play has a strong sense of identity and a certain swagger. With references to wrestling and VLs (virgin lips), Square Go disarms male violence and macho posturing in a way which celebrates the joy of youth, which provides a nostalgia for being a 13 year old and not yet realising the world is bigger than everyone you know. Square Go is a play which pulls no punches and has heart pouring out of its gym bag.

Roundabout at Summerhall, until 26 Aug, 8.20pm, £17–£15 (£12–£10)

Square Go

  • 4 stars

Play by Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair about Max, who is called for his first fight by the school gates and must face down his own demons in the process.