Sunday, 4 May 2014
Theatre review: Velocity
She also introduces us to Ming (Siu-See Hung,) the best friend she wishes she could be more like, and the older boys who both like her, Jee (Waleed Akhtar) and Zoo (Sion Alun Davies.) But she doesn't have as much control over her experiment as she expects.
Macdonald's play is a demented race through a teenage girl's hormones and preoccupations and Blythe Stewart's production confidently grabs its absurdities and runs with them. Day is a bright and enthusiastic lead, backed up to great comic effect by Hung, Akhtar and Davies. The casual racism Laura demonstrates towards Ming and Jee, and which would probably horrify her to have pointed out to her, is nicely observed, although the conceit of having both parents act like cartoon characters gets a bit grating after a while.
Velocity is at its best when it's externalising the inner thoughts of a teenage girl; it loses its way a bit when trying to make a larger point about the world. But it's a fun, different show regardless, and features a few promising new faces.
Velocity by Daniel Macdonald is booking in repertory until the 13th of May at the Finborough Theatre.
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes straight through.