The favourite tropes of kids detective fiction are given a fast-paced workout in Stef O’Driscoll’s cracking take on Nathan Bryon’s script about 11-year-old Dexter seeking justice for his wrongly arrested mum.
Toyin Omari-Kinch bounces round the tight Roundabout stage as Dexter, full of proper indignation and determined to work things out with his very best friend, Winter.
Charlotte Bate makes good use of Bryon’s clever script to create Winter as every bit his equal and the other side of the same coin.
There is plenty of broad comedy – the jewel thieves are known as the Unicorn Gang for their disguises they wore on the job, while Winter’s mum’s veganism creates a perfectly pitched running joke without going overboard about it – and the use of music and physical movement is very well observed indeed.
A succession of different hats and some consistent accents are all that Charlotte O’Leary needs as jumps up in a myriad of supporting roles – playing both their mums, a pair of dubious butchers and numerous shopkeepers they meet on their mission.
Anyone familiar with Bryon’s work with Rastamouse will recognise the way the plot develops as the kids attempt to make bad things good. But the ending is a satisfying departure from the expected, while keeping its feet on morally firm ground.