Theatre review: Party Piece
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Party Piece at Bedlam Theatre (Venue 49), reviewed by David Pollock
It’s worth noting in the first instance that this late-night piece by the New Wolsey Young Associates group – entirely recast for its visit to Edinburgh from its original run in Ipswich – is surely one of the more vibrantly inventive shows doing the rounds in the city right now. It’s a riot of physical action and close-to-the-knuckle monologues from the quartet of young actors recreating a house party and its immediate aftermath with all the vigour of people with FOMO – “fear of missing out”.
They drink, get off with each other, subject us to a harrowing karaoke version of Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now and tumble around the stage in acrobatic fashion, all the while giving us a glimpse at their individual personalities. There is the proud bisexual to the one who is out for what they can get sexually, and the odd loner – “the one you added on Facebook just to figure out who I am”.
Yet for all its undoubted physical and verbal force of personality, it isn’t until the very end and a realisation that this is just one stop in their lives that the piece seems to know what it wants to say. Otherwise young people go out, they get drunk in each other’s company, and no, the artists don’t have a clue why.
Originally published in The Scotsman