Chapel Street (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Chapel Street

Snappy double monologue delivered with panache

This exuberant new piece by Luke Barnes plays as two monologues: a boy and a girl stand side-by-side, the narrative snapping breathlessly back and forth between them as their worlds draw closer and closer and ultimately collide in the messy climax to a messy Friday night.

As soon as they start to speak, both Cary Crankson and Ria Zmitrowicz immediately succeed in drawing characters that are distinctive yet recognisable, humorous yet hurting, and sympathetic and yet, at the same time, pretty awful. There’s Kirsty, a teenager who really does want to get to uni but keeps getting distracted by vodka and mates, and Joe, an unemployed 20-something, dejected at still living with his mum but intent tonight on helping his demobbed pal forget the heavy stuff with one massive bender.

The pair’s comic timing is brilliant, while Barnes’ script fizzes with contemporary vitality and a sharp but generous humour. This is social commentary that never feels heavy-handed, delivered with panache.

Underbelly, Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug (not 14), 2.50pm, £10--£11 (£9--£10).

Chapel Street

  • 4 stars

Chapel Street arrives in Edinburgh and its inhabitants, Joe and Kirsty, are out on the night of their lives. Crackling with energy and dripping with humour, this is a hilarious and heart breaking two-hander that takes on a deep resonance in Cameron’s Broken Britain. Winner - Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Award. ‘Top five…