Scarborough (4 stars)

This article is from 2007.


Scandal in Scarborough

An ever controversial issue, teacher/pupil relationships are by no means a novel subject matter, but you will rarely have experienced a performance quite so up close and personal as Scarborough. The audience line the walls of a very intimate seedy hotel room as Lauren and her pupil, Daz, while away his sixteenth birthday weekend in secret. An emotionally intense piece, it explores the conflict of guilt and love which manifests itself upon their relationship. It becomes an intense exploration of their feelings with only a vague reference to paedophilia as they read an article in the paper that disgusts them, highlighting the double standards they live by.

There’s nowhere to hide as you literally become part of the furniture and this forced voyeurism allows you to closely observe the rise and fall of their emotions as they face their impossible future. The plot doesn’t hold many surprises but what makes this piece work is the concise detail of their characters in such a confined space. Fascinating to watch. (Greer Ogston)

Assembly @ George Street, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 14), times vary, £9-£10 (£8-£9).


  • 4 stars

The tail end of a love-affair between a fifteen year old boy and his teacher in a claustrophobic, lovingly recreated B&B. Fascinating to watch, with the confined set pulling you into the characters' lives. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

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