The Brunch Club review at Pleasance Pop-Up, Edinburgh – ‘site-specific coming-of-age piece’
John Hughes’ 1985 film The Breakfast Club is one of the great coming-of-age tales of our time, but it’s been more than three decades since it was made.
This new piece from Scottish site-specific theatre specialists Grid Iron isn’t so much a remake, but a tribute that imagines what a similar scenario might conjure in the present, with a group of Scottish college students who have chosen to give themselves a ‘detention’.
Set in-the-round in a café near the Pleasance, it’s also a collaboration between the Scottish Drama Training Network and Pleasance Theatre Trust, in which a group of young performers and theatremakers have been marshalled by Grid Iron’s co-artistic director Ben Harrison to create a professional piece of work.
The result is a play filled with heart, humour and energetic characters, including Draya Maria’s earnest eco-warrior Rosie, Rudy Punchard’s forthright emo Mo, Jamie McGregor’s rebel Dean and Kieran Bole’s ‘spice boy’.
With an ensemble of eight and only an hour to play with, the piece feels a little overloaded – lacking space for the many characters and their development. However, the communal scenes – such as a dance on the subject of cliques through the ages or a discussion about the past and future of climate change – makes good use of the time and space available.
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