There is always a buzz leading up to festival time, especially in fringe theatre. You are always guaranteed a good assortment of solo shows, mostly original and definitely experimental. So it is with no surprise that the Unity Theatre have continued with their preview shows this week, and what better show to start the weekend off then Jim Cartwright's new play Raz.
The role of Shane goes to Cartwright's son James. Shane is one of the low-paid generation that lives for the weekend while still living at home with his parents. Out on the raz he hits the town with the crew and blows his wage packet on a perfectly orchestrated evening of drinks, drugs, and girls.
There is no set and minimal props are used which allows James to charge around the stage at break neck speed as he narrates the story. Each character is tackled head on and described hysterically, moving from one to the next with gusto. Shane himself, hugely likeable and charming the audience with his easy banter, is typical of any young man out on the raz on the weekend.
Cartwright's script dips into poetry and then plunges back into the lad about town banter. It is very cleverly layered which allows James to deliver his lines at an impressive pace, and it is a flawless delivery. Raz is the perfect show to kick start any night out and it is worth booking your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Raz is on until 11th June, please see Unity website for information about the show.