Interesting and soulful
The Argus in Brighton review on Time for the Good Looking Boy
The newly-opened Emporium is an innovative use of the former squat on London Road.
The once majestic gothic church has been converted into a modern theatre space, with a welcoming cafe and great facilities.
Time For The Good Looking Boy was one of the first productions to be hosted here and offered the perfect introduction to new visitors.
Despite the minimal set and having only one actor, Time For The Good Looking Boy felt anything but stripped-back. The sumptuous, surprising soundtrack focused on youthful rap but branched into other genres, meaning that all ages and musical tastes were catered for, and the script weaved rap into a long soliloquy that engaged the audience throughout.
Lighting was well used, with dramatic flashes and sad, powerful gloom, and smoke adding to the atmosphere.
The actor gave an energetic and spirited performance, flitting from irresponsible teenage spurts to heartfelt speeches about mortality in minutes.
An interesting, soulful tale of coming-of-age, the play relies on underlying currents of guilt, remorse and youthful optimism.
The Critic By Jessica Marshall Mchattie