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Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger review at TheSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh – ‘hasn’t aged well’

Bradley Curran and Harry Franklin in Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger
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Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger originated in 2008 as a short play from Australian writer Steven Dawson. It tells the story of two guys who enjoy creating fantasies with one another on a gay social networking platform. One wants to meet up, while the other is happy to maintain only a fantasy relationship. Eventually, they meet in person and, after some hesitation, agree to something approximating a proper date.

As a piece of theatre, this play hasn’t aged well. What may have seemed shocking or provocative more than 10 years ago, now seems trite and manipulative. Three sexual fantasies are quite rightly played for laughs, but outside of this construct, the real conversations lack spontaneity and nuance.

There seems to be very little chemistry between Bradley Curran as the confident, boastful Tigger and Harry Franklin’s tentative Butt Boy. It also doesn’t help that the structure of Dawson’s script features two people essentially speaking to their phones – it has an alienating effect that’s difficult to overcome at the best of times.

While this pair of performers provide some fun, physical gags, the heart of the story is found wanting.

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Outmoded online dating comedy hasn't aged well