Theatre review: 17
Theatre review: 17

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 17, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★ How does being a 17-year-old today differ from being one in the 1940s, 50s or 60s? That’s the question this verbatim piece from a group of young performers (also aged 17) sets out to explore, contrasting the teenage years of a diverse …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 17, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott

★★

How does being a 17-year-old today differ from being one in the 1940s, 50s or 60s? That’s the question this verbatim piece from a group of young performers (also aged 17) sets out to explore, contrasting the teenage years of a diverse group of 69- to 80-year old interviewees with those of people the same age in 2015.

It’s a great concept that has the potential to lead to a profound piece of theatre, but the sprawling range material needs to be more tightly edited to provide stronger insights.

Disappointingly the present-day teenagers are largely painted as self-obsessed. A richer variety of attitudes from the current generation would help to create stronger juxtapositions in a way that would tell us more about this fascinating subject.

C (Venue 34)

Published in The Scotsman

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