Epic Love And Pop Songs (Phoebe Eclair-Powell / Jamie Jackson / Pleasance in association with Showroom)
By Hannah Greenstreet | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2016
‘Epic Love and Pop Songs’ was not the show the blurb led me to expect: the promised mic and backing vocals are metaphorical. The “greatest love songs of all time” take a back seat to a haphazard tale of friendship and teen pregnancy, although, in fairness, the play does avoid stereotypes. Given the plot of the story, it is unclear why Doll and Ted are onstage together, and their meta-banter is funny but ineffective. The script is like a less violent and less humorous version of ‘Disco Pigs’ by Enda Walsh. However, writer Phoebe Eclair-Powell does succeed in creating likeable and idiosyncratic characters, helped by strong performances from Norah Lopez-Holden and George Caple.
Pleasance Dome, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Hannah Greenstreet]