Michael Rivers delivers one-man show of homelessness and tragedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
This one man show is based on the true life story of Shane Fox, a schoolboy who ended up living on the streets after his dad was imprisoned for shooting his Mum during a drunken argument. Starting with a speech of regret at a hospital bedside, solo actor Michael Rivers, who also wrote and devised the piece, shows us a young Shane with normal teenage problems enjoying a party before the tragic downward spiral begins.
Rivers is without question a talented actor, undaunted by his début one-man show, and creates a cast of characters through reactions alone and his flair for movement makes for a beautifully visual performance. He leads the audience through the rollercoaster of emotions required for such a desperate tale but is often too quick to step out of the scene and narrate his feelings.
The staging is well thought out, with just a few carefully chosen props and clever use of sound effects allowing for a multiplicity of scene changes. The script is well-paced and although some of the writing seems naive, it works well with the youthful energy Rivers brings to the performance in communicating these tragic events that befell Fox at such a young age.
Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 25 Aug, 9.15pm, £9 (£7).