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Follow me @markffisher and @writeabouttheat I am an Edinburgh-based freelance journalist and critic specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications I write for include the Guardian, Scotland on Sunday and the Scotsman. I am the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: how to make your show a success, published in February 2012 and How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers published in July 2015. From 2000-2003, I was the editor of The List magazine, Glasgow and Edinburgh's arts and events guide. See my website for more information and comprehensive Scottish theatre links.
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

I Heart Peterborough, theatre review

Published in the Scotsman

AS PLAYWRIGHT and director Joel Horwood sees it, Peterborough is a place of 
cul-de-sacs, racism and modest ambition, with more past than present. 

As the years tick by in this lively two-hander, he makes reference to significant news events that are happening in London, Northern Ireland …anywhere but here. Quite what there is to love about it, he never makes clear.

Neither does he make clear where the heart of the play lies. It begins as a coming-of-age story about Michael (Milo Twomey), from first gay crush to first disappointed girlfriend, then fast-forwards abruptly to his relationship, 15 years later, with the son he has inadvertently fathered (played by Jay Taylor, who also keeps busy on the keyboard). The switch in focus makes the first half of the play seem like an extended preamble for the second, lessening the emotional impact of the father-son tensions that develop.

There’s so much narrative detail, it’s hard to see what the author’s intentions are. That’s a shame, because there’s much to enjoy in the two performances, the wit of the staging and the energy of Horwood’s language.


Star rating: * * *

© Mark Fisher, 2012
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