Lost Property

This is a new, all-male company making its first visit to the Fringe. It is based at City College in Coventry. The show demonstrates, through dance, typical scenes from young men’s lives: drinking, fighting and isolation.

The performance opens with five youths, identically dressed in black vests and white cut-offs. They see a suitcase (the eponymous Lost Property?) and pick up it. They dance with each other and with the suitcase, rolling, falling and jumping around the stage. The owner of the suitcase arrives and tries to get it back but is kept away by the others.

Various other scenes follow, using among other things a newspaper, food, chairs and a football. All are used as props to explore the issues of aggression, emotion and bullying among youths. Even binge drinking, urinating and throwing up are included.

The cast demonstrate physical strength and athleticism. They throw themselves around and jump into and over each other in a well-choreographed and bold production. There are a few minor flaws. There were originally eight performers; one dropped out a week before the Festival and another the day before, leading to significant reworking and some rough edges. There are a few vocal lines within the production which do not add a great deal (but probably give the performers a much needed rest!).

The audience was not large but very enthusiastic. Definitely a production to see and a company to look out for in future.

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