Symphony by Ella Hickson, Tom Wells & Nick Payne (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Symphony by Ella Hickson, Tom Wells & Nick Payne

Three delightful theatre pieces exploring growing up and falling in love

Individually, Ella Hickson, Tom Wells and Nick Payne have seen their fair share of theatrical success. Hickson's had a number of hit plays since her 2008 Fringe debut, Eight, brought her to nationwide attention. Payne's Constellations recently won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play, and Wells has worked with London's Bush Theatre and Paines Plough in the past. This joint venture is co-produced by acclaimed theatre group Nabakov and Soho Theatre, and is up in Edinburgh fresh from glowing reviews in London.

Symphony is composed of three fairly distinct pieces, all about growing up and falling in love. Theatre, spoken word and live music mingle to create an endearing soundtrack. It's beautifully lit too, and it all culminates in a fuzzy, warming atmosphere in the cocoon of George Square's Bosco tent.

But it feels a little uneven. The first piece, in which 15-year-old Jonesy battles asthma and sexism to play netball as part of his PE GCSE, is engaging but it seems rather disjointed from the subsequent two love stories, which sit well together. It might be a bit twee for some but the strong ending saves Symphony from being overly sweet and all in all, it's a fun early evening show by a talented and loveable group of performers.

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 25 Aug (not 11), 5pm, £13–£15.

Symphony by Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells

  • 3 stars

nabokov and Soho Theatre Theatre meets live gig and stand-up comedy as three of the UK's hottest writers collaborate with Fringe First winning new writing company nabokov to present a hilarious and eclectic mix of stories told through raucous live music and spoken word. Loud music and some strong language Age category: 14+