Your Number’s Up
- Mark Petrie
- 11 August 2009
This article is from 2009.
A gritty tale of north London knife crime
Malcolm collapses on a Camden street following a suspected drug overdose. Gradually nine other teenagers gather around him, and it becomes clear that there is more to this assembled crows than meets the eye. Did fate bring them together or is it just a case of wrong place, wrong time?
Cleverly tracking back in time - with some dark secrets being revealed in the process - we discover that this is not the first time this crowd have crossed paths. Exploring the controversial topics of illegal immigration, rape, drug abuse and teenage pregnancy amid scenes of adolescent confusion, this production also aims to raise awareness of the sensitive issue of knife crime, a widespread problem on the streets of north London.
Slick scene integration, some audience interaction and a youthful cast bring humour to the serious subject matter, injecting a lighter tone to what could otherwise become an all-too-gritty experience.
Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 23 Aug (not 18), noon, £8--£9 (£6--£7).