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Festival Review: Cosmic Scallies ****

Ashling Findlay-Carroll reviews a 'funny and poignant exploration of growing up in a small town'.

The dynamic relationship between the two characters is performed with pace and energy, accurately creating that feeling you only get from childhood friends. It is the excellent writing by Jackie Hagan that captures this, as they negotiate their reunion and the affection and distain they have for their hometown.

It is a realistic and warm portrayal of what it's like to live in a small town, with laugh out loud moments from the inappropriate yet all too realistic comments and nicknames from Shaun, played by Reuben Johnson.

The simple set and lighting give a great use of levels to show the changing locations and the integrated subtitles work well, supporting the text and creating a holistic design rather than feeling like an after thought—as unfortunately can all too often be the case.

This piece is a funny and poignant exploration of growing up in a small town, what happens when you leave and what happens when you don’t.

Northern Stage at Summerhall, 1630pm until 26th August (not Wednesdays).

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