Davey Anderson's coming-of-age tale The Static mixes superheroes and ADHD

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Davey Anderson's coming-of-age tale The Static mixes superheroes and ADHD

Quirky physical theatre show from Scottish talent developers ThickSkin

ThickSkin Theatre has a hard-earned reputation for developing new Scottish talent. The company returns to this year’s Fringe to showcase the skill of Glasgow-based playwright Davey Anderson before heading off on a UK tour in the autumn. The Static is a coming-of-age tale of desire and young love, mixing text, movement and multi-media with four onstage actors.

Describing the plot as ‘Spiderman, but a bit more local’, Anderson says of the show, ‘It’s a piece of physical theatre – very visual and fast moving – which tells the story of a 15-year-old boy called Sparky. He develops this delusion that his thoughts are escaping out of his head, so he starts to wear massive head phones to keep everything inside. He’s a bit of a disruptive influence at school and gets taken to the doctor where he is diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Ritalin.’

Sparky’s thoughts become telekinetic and he has the age-old superhero choice of using those powers for good – winning over the volatile (but highly weird) girl he has fallen for, Siouxsie, who claims to have similar powers of the mind – or seeking revenge on bullying classmates and teachers.

Underbelly Cowgate, 623 3030, 4–26 Aug (not 20), 2.40pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £6.

The Static

  • 3 stars

A cross-disciplinary performance telling a hypnotic tale of love and guilt. Presented by ThickSkin. Ages 14+.

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