Mikey and Addie (3 stars)

This article is from 2016

Mikey and Addie

Jeremy Abrahams

Solo show forges childhood friendship through bittersweet tale

Mikey hasn't seen his dad for years, Addie wants to be the best playground monitor ever. Two 10-year-olds who, at the start of this engaging solo show, have yet to interact.

But as Mikey's long-held belief that his father is in outer space working for NASA starts to crumble, and Addie realises she was the one who planted the seed of doubt, the two strike up an unlikely but heart-warming friendship.

Actor Andy Manley walks and talks us through their story, stopping occasionally by one of the large, black plinths that surround him to swap the item on top as the story unfolds. Gradually, as Mikey learns the truth, the space paraphernalia is replaced by more everyday items.

It's a gentle, bittersweet coming of age tale about the lies grown-ups tell children in a well-meaning bid to protect them – and a child's determination to see past it. Manley does a fine job of switching between the two protagonists, giving them clear voices and mannerisms so there's no doubt who he's being.

There's an awful lot of text to take in, however, and a little more physicality in the direction would help keep the target audience of 9 to 12-year-olds suitably stimulated.

Summerhall, until 28 Aug (not 22), 11.25am, £9 (£7.50).

Mikey and Addie

  • 3 stars

Andy Manley, Rob Evans and Red Bridge Mikey is a sunny boy. He lives alone with his mum. Mikey's mum has a secret. It’s not well kept. Everyone knows it. Everyone except Mikey. Addie is a good girl. She doesn't tell lies. Her father makes sure of that. Addie tells the truth. It's what you have to do. Isn't it? It's hard…