Up (4 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Edgy production about a young gay teacher who’s in hospital recovering (or perhaps not) from a mental collapse. There he recalls a haunting incident from his youth, involving a student and a pair of sharpened pencils. Debut playwright James Ley’s script is crisp and elliptical, finally coming to the point, as it were, with a killer closing line.

The Vault, 510 0022, until 31 Aug, 7.15pm, £8 (£6).


  • 4 stars

An unquiet mind swings between chaos and clarity in an austere world. The battle for mental stability is over. Might as well cut to the end of the story. Sharp new play with astringent language and gallows bedside manner.

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