Afterparty ⭐⭐

Review by Tony Frame. Venue 38 @ TheSpaceTriplex – Jenner Theatre

Five girls celebrate their last day of school by getting drunk and have to deal with the aftermath of a bad night out. That, ultimately, is the premise.

Friendship and ambition and the lack of it are the main themes covered here. With plenty of profanity to go around the room three times over. It all starts with an energetic vibe and a good pace but it becomes heavily bogged down by a long second act that was too drawn out for my liking.

It’s a shame because the first ten minutes really showed promise of becoming an episodic drama; something that could have been set over the course of a few years, charting the ups and downs of life in the real world for the five protagonists.

Instead, it stuck with a simpler narrative, spanning a few months, and tries to cram in too much teen angst with too many characters on stage at once for a prolonged period of time. Had it trimmed its running time down to 45 minutes and lost one of its characters it would have been a stronger play for it.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s got some good bits of humour in it and the young cast do well with what they’re given. I just felt the writing lacked a stronger plot, and the monotony of that second act could have been broken up by giving the characters individual monologues. This would have certainly helped their character arcs more and given the audience a better and clearer understanding of their motivations.

There’s shades of Derry Girls and Skins in it which shows that the company is on the right track, and with a little more work they could produce something on par with those aforementioned shows.

I went in wanting to like this and it pains me having to give it the rating I did, but it fell short of my expectations.

At the end of the day these are just my observations, so take it with a pinch of salt and go see the show for yourself. Maybe you will take more from it than I did.

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