I Got Superpowers For My Birthday (4 stars)

This article is from 2016

I Got Superpowers For My Birthday

Enjoyable and energetic adventure that has you hooked

If only all children's theatre could be performed in the Paines Plough Roundabout, a good view would become commonplace. Everyone inside this large pop-up tent can see perfectly, and the performers use the circular space to their advantage, constantly changing direction to keep the energy flowing.

Which is exactly what's required for a story as pumped up as I Got Superpowers For My Birthday. As the name suggests, the show focuses on three children who suddenly find their bodies do more than the average human. William can turn everything to ice, Ethan can shake the ground like an earthquake, while Fiona's fingers suddenly shoot fire. As they say, 'it's not easy turning 13'.

Despite their shared revelation, none of the children are friends. Michael is the maths-loving 'weirdo', Ethan the slightly arrogant popular kid whose mum tells him he's the best at everything (and he believes it), while the fiercely self-sufficient Fiona lives with her dinner lady, Digestive biscuit-obsessed auntie and longs for things to be different.

A sense of mystery builds well in Katie Douglas' script, as we slowly learn that an evil force called 'The Darkness' is behind these strange occurrences – but who is it, and why did they pick these three?

The big reveal is suitably surprising, and while the underlying message of friendship might feel a little laboured, all is forgiven in the face of such superb performances. Remy Beasley, Richard Corgan and Andy Rush are all endlessly dynamic and frequently funny as our superhero friends, while still managing to explain everything in clear detail, so that everyone – large and small – is drawn into this exciting tale.

Roundabout @ Summerhall, until 21 Aug (not 16), 11am, £8–£10 (£6–£7).

I Got Superpowers For My Birthday

  • 4 stars

Paines Plough and Half Moon Ethan, William and Fiona are about as different as three almost-teens can be. The only thing they have in common is that tomorrow is their birthday. And they’ve just discovered they have superpowers. Which is lucky because someone needs to protect the world from the Darkness, an evil overlord…