Burying Your Brother in the Pavement

The first thing you are met with when walking into Eagle House School’s Production of Burying Your Brother in the Pavement is approximately 20 young teenagers spaced out on the stage wearing white masks. This may sound as though it would appear comical, but it is intense and intriguing and is a clever start to what turns out to be a very clever show.

A really great production

The plot shows Tom (Hugo Williamson) struggling to cope with the recent death of his brother Luke (Jamie Lunnon). Williamson is very strong in the lead role. Opening the show with a very long monologue, he does well to keep up with the pace and intensity of it, and has the audience in the palm of his hand by the end of the first scene. Some other stand-out performances include Alex Nash as Tight and Lunnon as Luke. Despite coming across as slightly uncertain at first, Nash seems to ease into his character and becomes one of the most comfortable cast members on the stage. His more intense and emotional moments at the end are really moving. Lunnon is controlled and sophisticated as Luke and gives a very convincing performance.

However, the real star of the piece is the ensemble. The cast work incredibly well together and perform various scenes in various styles very strongly. The direction overall is clever and works, with some moments of real magic (for example, the ‘marble’ scene is very nicely done). The use of music works well at some points but not so well at others, with the cast occasionally being drowned out but loud snippets of songs.

But despite minor faults, this is a really great production. The young cast do exceedingly well to deliver a play that deals with issues like grief, suicide and sexuality in such a mature and honest way and work together to create a truly moving piece of theatre.

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The Blurb

Tom's brother, Luke, is dead. This has upset a lot of people but not Tom. Tom and Luke were never friends. So it's an odd decision to try and bury Luke in the pavement of the estate where he was killed. But to Tom it makes sense, in a stupid, weird kind of way. As he sleeps out on the pavement he meets all sorts of characters. A compelling, funny, raw and honest show from this talented company making their second appearance at the Fringe. Make sure you get to see this show.