Until 04 Mar 2018

Review by Janice Bailey

Established in 2014 after Urban Myth closed their classes, SAYarts has taken up the mantle to continue fostering young talent and providing opportunities for youth to deliver their messages to the wider public. According to Director Claire Glenn this group, On the Fringe, are a switched on, politically-aware group. Their ideas were workshopped and a plausible script developed by Alan Grace.

While attending a young leaders’ conference, a bomb explodes, bringing about the possible end of the world – and it appears that these young people may be the only survivors. Many young people today are concerned about political issues and our current world leaders and this group raises the question as to what could happen in this post-apocalyptic situation – will people learn to be more caring toward each other, or are we predisposed to hate and destruction?

The message comes through very clearly – it is up to every individual to be kinder and to treat each other as equals. We are reminded that it is not guns who kill people but humans who pull the trigger.

There was a lot to like about this piece, with excellent makeup and props and some very good individual performances – notably Ismael Hamilton-E Aquil, whose performance as Jack was consistent and controlled.

This was a well-constructed concept provoking the audience to question and wonder what might really happen, executed by an enthusiastic and talented group.

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)