Mikey and Addie
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).