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A very striking set, with the red and white tables and chairs, that set the stage nicely for the scenes between a group of high school children frequenting a local coffee house, and discussing their lives, fears and relationships.

The different tables were used well by the cast, and I liked the movement in and out of the set that created the feel required.  The action flowed well around the featured tables, with lighting and music giving depth to the production.  I liked the use of back panels, simple but gave the set interest.

Diction and projection were mostly good, there were some signs of nerves at the start, but the cast overcame these, and gave a really good account of themselves.

The beginning was startling, when an armed person shot into the kitchen, killing Joseph’s sister, which then became part of the discussion at a later date.

Mia Kenny (Joseph) started a little diffidently, but soon got into her stride, and gave the part depth. I enjoyed the descent into anger, which was very good.

Alice Wills (Olivia), created a very natural character – perhaps a little too throw-away at times, but on the whole a nicely rounded portrayal.

Emily Payne (Karly) was very up front, and forged good relationships with those she interacted with on stage.

Ethan Borgars (Josh), again started off fairly quietly and needed to slow down his dialogue slightly, but gained confidence as the play progressed.  I would have liked to have seen him face the front a little more, as he played very much to the side, which made hearing him difficult and we didn’t see all his facial expressions.

Ella Watson (Fin) was a good foil to the other characters, feisty and outspoken.  Ella lacked a little clarity in her speech from time to time, but gave a good characterisation.

Caris Webb (Madison), created a different personality which added dimension to the play, I liked what she did.

Jenny De Filippo (Cassidy) was the theatrical one, giving us the young actor, only interested in what she was involved in – very well done.  Nice clarity of speech and delightful portrayal.

Hannah Ridley (Zack), got the essence of the computer geek well, and reacted well with Cassidy, a good characterisation.

Charlotte Taylor (Mandy) the outcast at school, was very well played, plenty of sass and a dark feel to her portrayal, Charlotte engaged with the audience and had good reactions when Joseph went for her. Very well done.

I was very impressed with the production as a whole and the quality of the performances from the whole cast.

TADS Theatre Group - Teens


review date: 30th March 2019

Director:Susie Coner & Paul Horsler


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