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Mad About The Boy set for a tour...

“Very simply staged with nothing but a couple of chairs for props, all the focus is on the incredibly nimble dialogue between actors in this intense drama. This play discusses the violence and the pressures facing today’s younger generation; particularly, as implied by the title, its disillusioned ‘boys’. Without pretending to provide any easy answers, the play’s three characters – a boy, his father, and his counsellor – expertly twist and manipulate each other’s words to highlight the tensions between them, and to occasionally stick the knife in. A gritty and compelling piece about the breakdown and re-establishment of communication which explores the full power of language’s capacity to hurt and, perhaps, to heal.” Three Weeks

At a time when London is being looted and Cher Lloyd’s Swagger Jagger is the UK’s number one single, it has rarely been more apparent that we don’t understand our own children.
Enter Gbolian Obisesan’s razor-sharp drama which examines the growing divide between the generations who gave, those who earned and those who demand respect.
The timely Mad About the Boy asks whether the system has failed Britain’s youth or whether they have failed the system.
In a quick-fire exchange of witty words, a self-appointed “graphic maverick”, his father and his school counsellor discuss how to stop the intelligent but misled teenager from turning “bad to the bone”.
The boy’s traditionally-minded father cannot understand why his son does not listen anymore and the counsellor is frustrated he cannot persuade his student to play by his own rules rather than pandering to his peers.
Under Ria Parry’s direction, we see a couple of bad choices transform Bayo Gbadamosi from a mouthy lad to a heartbreakingly helpless boy with nowhere to turn.
Mad About the Boy might initially look like just another attack on today’s badly-behaved youth, but it soon turns into a thoughtful debate on how we can help the young when they are no longer able to help themselves.
Review by Lauren Paxman The Stage