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Wasted

Will Merrick and Serena Jennings in Wasted at Gilded Balloon
Will Merrick and Serena Jennings in Wasted at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh
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A young man and a young woman are out on the razzle with their mates. Spirits are flowing and they’re open to whatever the night brings them. Their paths cross in a happy haze of alcohol and one thing leads to another. They’ve no idea how it’ll be in the cold light of morning – to be honest, the problem is trying to remember what happened the night before. And that’s where things start to get tricky.

This exploration from Kat Woods of how the dark side touches ordinary lives proves to be a gripping moral tale for our times, addressing the rules of sex through the eyes and language of a younger generation. There’s an immersive club onstage, intimate scenes framed by physicality, supporting characters brought to life via descriptive narrative, overlapping dialogue and phone calls as the tension builds and the jigsaw is pieced together.

Will Merrick and Serena Jennings put in focused performances, convincing as the confused couple and displaying versatility in portraying the gallery of mates, bouncers, cops and family members.

Woods as director brings an inventive palette to propelling the plot but keeps it carefully restrained, ensuring that Wasted does not judge but lets its protagonists and their actions speak for themselves. With the investment of further development, this is a play that deserves to reach out to many other audiences.

Verdict
Inventive two-hander is a gripping moral tale of sexual encounters
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