Cutlery Wars (2 stars)

  • 14 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Written by kids comic, James Campbell, this new play owns up from the start. There are ‘no songs, joining in or happy endings’, states the Fringe programme. What it doesn’t say, however, is that aside from the odd joke about shaving legs, this really isn’t a play for children at all. Buried just beneath the surface, but too far for the average child to delve, is an interesting statement about conformity.

Two schoolboys sit on a wall discussing their inability to pass year six, and thus leave school. Playing ‘cutlery wars’ with their hands to pass the time, they discuss hopes for the future and the impact childhood has on the adults we become. Fleshed out and given more dynamic direction, this could be a valid and amusing play for adults. For kids, its clever, clever dialogue is largely lost. (Kelly Apter)

Baby Belly, 0870 745 3083, 2.30pm, £6-£7 (£5-£6).

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