- Brian Donaldson
- 4 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
A sensitive - but not sentimental - play about a lost boy, brilliantly performed by Joseph Arkley
There are unlikely to be many more expressive faces appearing in kids theatre this Fringe than Joseph Arkley’s. Throughout Titus, the RSAMD-trained actor stretches every muscle, with eyes either piercing or full of despair, and his mouth shaping a sly conspiratorial grin or widening to yell the pain of his character’s situation.
Making a fidgety entrance from the back of the room and through the audience at this compact venue, Arkley brilliantly performs most of the 50 minutes perched on a table to represent the rooftop edge where Titus’ young, disturbed life has brought him.
Now motherless and with an emotionally-drained butcher father, this vegetarian boy almost finds salvation in a girl called Tina. But with family, friends and medical professionals appearing to be of no help whatsoever, all his dreams seem to be impossible ones.
The play ends with a symbol of hope which manages to be both funny and dramatic. Sensitive but not sentimental, the script and performance carry this lost boy off into a potentially better future.
Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, until 25 Aug (not 16, 19), 12.10pm, £8 (£6).