From the award-winning Second Chance Theatre (Laika: A Staged Radio Play), Scott McArdle, Playthings is a dark new play about growing up in suburban WA.
HOMEWORK, HORMONES AND HOMICIDE
Arnold is 13, a bit nerdy and his dad was just killed in a freak accident. Lucy is 13, she hates her stepdad and is constantly angry.
Without giving to much away, these two teens fight with each other, get in fistfights at school and have a love-hate relationship with their English teacher.
The audience was in constant giggles and suddenly all had tears in their eyes, I didn’t know I could feel so many emotions at once.
The sound and lighting were fantastic, the use of a realistic suburban house with a working fridge and microwave, made me feel as if I was in the house with them.
A highlight of mine was when the year nine English teacher said:
“As you kids say, it’s fully cooked.”
It is definitely the best show I’ve seen at the Blue Room this year, the cast and crew did a fantastic job dealing with some twisted and heavy topics.
Not only do I want to see it again, I really want to rewatch Labyrinth.
Playthings will be running until the 23rd of November, make sure you see this one!