Twenty To Something

Twenty to Something is a funny, moving and truthful show about student life, university culture and the deeper issues affecting today’s young people. Performed by a talented foursome of young actors, the show completely captures what it means to be a student in today’s society.

Twenty to Something is a funny, moving and truthful show about student life, university culture and the deeper issues affecting today’s young people.

Utilising the stereotypes of university students, the actors created hyperbolic characters; the caring hippie, the heartless Lothario who’s actually just looking for love, the socially awkward, technology loving, geeky virgin and of course, the crazy party animal with the dark past. The actors had great chemistry, gelling well together on stage to give a believable performance of a tight-knit student house.

The show acknowledged many all too common situations that crop up at university; fancying housemates, unspoken emotions, antisocial behaviour, communal mess- the list goes on. This made it feel real and highly relatable to a student audience. It was easy to put yourself into their shoes, having probably experienced something similar yourself, and this empathy with the performers made the impact of the show even greater.

There was a mix of group and individual scenes though the storyline was mainly told through monologues of the characters, giving us an insight into their psyches. These monologues drew on poetry and spoken word, creating speeches laden with metaphor and emotion, revealing information in a way which was both abstract yet easy to understand. Each character had their own distinct style and the contrasts between them worked well. While some actors were stronger than others, the entire cast delivered believable, honest and talented performances.

It was certainly an emotional rollercoaster; practically all feelings one can feel were stirred up in this performance. There was the perfect mix of humour, sincerity and darkness with an Inbetweeners-esque feel; sort of Skins meets Fresh Meat. Twenty to Something is a must see show for students but also for parents wanting a frank insight into current university culture. 

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The Blurb

Writer J Duffel, Dir. S Crosby Esme is the rootless and most independent yet vulnerable character in this coming-of-age narrative. How will the others react to her late nights of booze and promiscuity? Will they follow parental advice to overcome Esme as an obstacle to their education? Or use their better instincts to nurture her within their own student family?