This article is from 2009.


Paul Charlton hasn’t been seen at the Edinburgh Fringe since winning a major award for his debut – Love, Sex and Cider – in 2003. Six years later, north-east England’s emerging playwriting talent returns with Crush, a two-hander that depicts a fractured marriage and the effect of the internet on its characters.

'Technology in the last decade has jumped to this place where we live our lives through the internet,' Charlton explains. 'The main character in Crush just surfs on the net doing nothing. So it’s about how we relate to people in the modern world.'

It's also a chance for the 27-year-old to showcase his more mature writing. He says: 'Since Love, Sex and Cider, my style has developed. I've kept the comedy but it’s much darker. Crush is a very emotionally affecting piece – there’s a very gutting ending.'

In addition, Charlton is contributing to comedy sketch show G3: The Ginge, The Geordie and The Geek this year, so his long-awaited Edinburgh comeback looks certain to be an exciting one. 'I'll be knackered at the end of it,' he admits, 'but it’s worth it.'

Underbelly, 08445 458 252, 8–30 Aug (not 19), 5pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50). Previews 6 & 7 Aug, £6.


  • 3 stars

Fringe First Award winner Paul Charlton's moving new play explores the nature of modern obsession set against the backdrop of a fractured but loving relationship. 'An absolute joy' - **** (Scotsman on 'Love, Sex and Cider').

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