‘ONE more summer and life starts’. At one level, this is a tale about three teenagers working alongside each other one summer in a cafe on the Isle of Wight.
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PLEASANCE DOME, POTTERROW
Jack is the chef. Lucy is on holiday from drama college. And Milly is about to go to university to study English.
At another, it’s a feisty reflection on what it is to be young that skips from manners, meaning, prospects and living life for show (#justsaying).
This is a neatly economical script from up and coming writer, Jane Upton.
A simple set but clever use of lights allow the actors to move effortlessly from the kitchen to the coast. A punchy soundtrack propels the action.
Considered direction and lovely performances from the three actors make this a touching tale.
Jessica Madsen is a disconcertingly convincing spoilt rich kid who maybe suffers more than she lets on. Grace Watts does emo looking for approval with aplomb. And Jack Bence is particularly noteworthy as a pretty dislikeable character who somehow elicits a grudging sympathy.
With few places to work, the island provides a nice metaphor for youth employment prospects. Life may be about to start – but where will it end up?