Theatre review: Safe

Safe. Pic: Comp
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SAFE, at the Space on North Bridge, tells Nina’s story, a teenage girl sent to live with her disinterested dad when her mum is sent to rehab.

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Nina thinks she’s too fat, best friend Liz is too thin and together, they try to cope with society’s expectations when all they want to feel is loved.

The script by Penny Jackson, is variable; sometimes surprising and heartfelt but at other times, lurching into the painfully predictable. Nonetheless, this is a tightly directed production.

Debby Brand as Nina was rightly nominated as Best Actress during the show’s New York run. Carolyn Cutillo as Liz has a fragile vulnerability. And Nick Palladino’s Philip, the mysterious teacher who offers Nina help with her homework, does a great job of keeping the audience guessing about his intentions.

A timely story of teenage angst in a world where the well-off try to buy the love of their children.

Until 24 August