The F Word

It’s a rainy day in Edinburgh and I’m not in the mood for a My Sister’s Keeper type of cancer play. But as soon as the house opens I am assured that this is not the case. The actors are onstage playing on videogame consoles while the audience slowly filters in. The set effectively represents a small apartment. There are many F words laden with meaning. Fired, Fringe, Feminism… Funeral. The last of these is hardly an event many pay mind to on daily basis, but for Jacob it is all he thinks about.

The F Word is a beautiful piece of theatre that reminds us to be thankful for life.

Jacob is dying. He wishes to attend his own funeral and celebrate his life with his friends. A funeral party of sorts. But hosting it proves more difficult than he imagined. A play about life, death and getting laid, The F Word, by Connor Hunt, is a fantastic duologue. Jack Tricker does a great job as Jacob and Evan Rees is endearing as his best friend Tommy. Rees also multiroles as several smaller characters, colouring the story with hilarious comical relief. The friendship between the two is beautifully represented through the care and loyalty the characters show for one another, not only in words, but in every action they take. And for Tricker and Rees every action has a clear intention. This is a beautifully acted story set to a heartwarming, yet hilarious dialogue. Mostly free of the usual emotional masturbation that often features in plays about death, The F Word provides a cathartic take on the sadness of life. In fact, the play discusses death a lot less than it celebrates life. The play tackles difficult themes with ease and is thought-provoking as well as endearing. The dialogue is particularly clever and witty, yet remains considerate of its subject matter. Without wishing to give anything away I ask future audiences to pay heed to the last sentence spoken in the piece.

The F Word is a beautiful piece of theatre that reminds us to be thankful for life. But also reminds us that life goes on no matter what may be looming on the horizon. A fantastic piece of writing. I am looking forward to following Connor Hunt’s work in the future.

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'They've given me six weeks. Like the summer holidays. Except I won't be going back after this one. Six weeks until the end... and we're gonna f*cking make the most of it.' Seventeen-year-old Jacob and Tommy are ordinary teenage boys with an ordinary friendship, who happen to find themselves in a rather extraordinary situation. Why? Because Jacob is dying. A comedy drama exploring the wonder of teenage friendship and youthful positivity, even when the odds are set against you. This isn't a story about death. It's a story about life, friendship and a funeral.

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