Something About Jumpers

A boy tossed through the revolving door of foster homes and department of family services. His prized possession, his mother’s jumper. Levi, the main character in this exploration of one of the leading causes of anti-social behavior, is troubled because he never really had a home, and by the end, he has less than that. For the hour, we are taken on his troubling journey, ending on the streets and in pain for anyone who reaches out to help him. Punctuated occasionally by his favorite quiz show host reminding Levi and us how much of an uphill climb Levi actually has, this story should break most hearts. The omnipresence of Levi’s mother also has emotional resonance, with his ‘conversations‘ with a projection of her haunting until we realise how Levi entered the system. The performers work within their physical limitations (the stage is one of the smaller spaces in the Fringe) well, but the lack of variation in cast member ages makes this compelling story a bit less engaging, since it feels like a teen is misbehaving with peers rather than railing at the community at large. The uncluttered sound and video designs place us squarely in Levi’s mind while it continues to devolve into the pit of darkness that too many people know far too well.

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The Blurb

Abandoned in the dump of the city, Levi struggles to cope inside the social care system. Graduates from The BRIT School explode onto the Edinburgh stage with this volatile, comic portrayal of one young man's odyssey.

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