Wasted

It's quite a bold group that brings a show about life-failing drug users in post Thatcher Britain to Edinburgh, the home of Trainspotting. When it comes to drugs, black-humoured wit and misanthropic politics hardly anyone does it better than Edinburgh. Going into this production it felt like the cards were stacked against it. Lucky for them a strong cast underpinned with a sharp script means it's pretty good.

You won’t find any moralising here: it’s a kitchen sink drama for the millennials

On the anniversary of someone’s death three friends meet up to toast his memory. Finding the transition into adulthood much more difficult than they hoped, life after the banking collapse is taking its toll. Utterly miserable and incapable of change, the trio make their way through a hedonistic evening.

Plays about middle-class white twenty somethings have a habit of being terribly boring and lacking any self awareness. The script by Kate Tempest avoids the many pitfalls set before them and in the end has crafted a well honed script with a sharp sense of humour.

The characters will be familiar to many and though not particularly deep, they are not meant to be, they are surface thinkers. They seem real if not entirely likable. The three cast members all swap roles at certain points, which at first this seems jarring but it works to bring different aspects of the character to the forefront.

There is a lot being discussed but it’s all in the background, hidden within the text. Its pretty impressive, deceptively simple but as you breaks down the components you realise how complex the piece is. You won’t find any moralising here: it’s a kitchen sink drama for the millennials.

It probably speaks to me a little more than some because it is about my generation but it certainly has wide appeal. Those capable of dragging their Fringe carcasses out of bed for a show that starts before 11am are sure to be impressed.

Reviews by James W. Woe

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The Blurb

'Three friends, knee deep in the weekend.' And it's time to make a change. This is it. Rapid prose and rap-style poetry spin the story of three twentysomethings seeking something more. This electrifying, bittersweet play provides an offbeat take on the classic tale of youthful disillusionment. Written by award-winning performance poet Kate Tempest. 'A strong, slick, refreshingly new piece of theatre' **** (TheTab.com). 'A rare mixture of honesty and humour. Well worth a watch' (Cambridge Student).