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Madonna and Me

Published Tuesday 1 May 2007 at 11:15 by Barbara Lewis

Adolescent passions and the attendant confusion and identity crises are among the strongest of our lives, but there are aspects of them we would rather forget.

Merseyside playwright Tommy Kearney makes us relive the intense excitement of flirtation across the disco floor to the sounds of Madonna, and some of the excruciating consequences.

Directed by Pearl Marsland, it is absorbing and funny, but leaves us with mixed feelings.

A partly Liverpudlian cast delivers the requisite accents, albeit rather too loudly. The central character is Adam (James Templeton), who wrestles with the realisation he is gay as well as the transition to adulthood. His connection with Scottish, softly-spoken Mark (Saul Marron) is nevertheless the one that endures. The rest of his supposed mates grow up and grow apart as he delivers an analysis of friendship reminiscent of the unsubtle theme exposition of US soaps.

His closest pal is Paula (Annmarie Hodson), a sparky, diminutive rebel, whose misguided fling with the lanky Dingo (Oliver Rice) ends his engagement to frumpy virgin Mandy (Suzanne Roche).

The chemistry is more convincing between the play’s other couple Leanne (Madeleine Harland) and Joe (Russell Morton), but they too, are undone by the rampant sexual attraction of youth that tends to destroy more sober relationships.

Production information

Union Theatre, Southwark, April 24-May 12

Tommy Kearney
Pearl Marsland
Scouse Productions
Cast includes:
James Templeton, Annmarie Hodson, Russell Morton, Madeleine Harland, Oliver Rice, Suzanne Roche, Saul Marron
Running time:
2hrs 10mins

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014