6 August 2010 WOS Rating: Average Reader Rating: Reader Reviews: View and add to our user reviews Decky first did a “bronco” ten years ago, and Douglas Maxwell’s play for site-specific specialists Grid Iron became a touring, international success story.
Ben Harrison’s new production kicks off the Traverse festival season in a pleasant little park in New Town. An audience of about 150 sits in a circle on small foldaway chairs around the four swings: it’s 1983, and charismatic Martin McCormick’s David is telling us what happened when he and his mates on the estate were twelve years old.... They “bronco” their swings: work up a violent rhythm, kick the swing over their heads and jump off; it’s a daredevil manoeuvre that stumpy little Decky ([Ben Winger)] can’t quite manage.
Oddly, the outdoors setting militates against the play’s slide from physical exhilaration into child abuse horror; one or two parents smartly removed their youngsters at this point.
Deckyshows his age, but the company is outstanding. - by Michael Coveney Related Content
Score Comment Date Great acting, stone age, judgemental preachy text. - coral 07 Aug 10
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