PREVIEW: Time for the Good Looking Boy, Arts Centre Washington

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BOX Clever Theatre bring their hit Edinburgh show Time for the Good Looking Boy to Arts Centre Washington next month.

The hard-hitting play for young adults tracks the challenges of youth in the face of adulthood.

Following The Boy as he talks about his memories and emotions, this intimate play explores the harsh realities of growing up, independence and the consequences of a night when your life changes forever.

An urban ghost story, The Boy tells his tale of love and loss in rhyming couplets alongside a haunting soundtrack.

Using the rhythms and gestures of rap, often backed by composer Jon Nicholls’s score, he tells us about the love between him and this girl who thought him “not bad-looking”, and of her concern about what will happen when she goes off to university.

He talks about the way his father left him and his mother when he was a little boy. He describes his refusal to respond to a dad he really loved when he came home to patch things up, realising only much later that his Jamaican mother would have taken her husband back if it had not been for his behaviour.

The script and director Iqbal Khan’s production give the piece a variety of pace to match the way the boy moves from one aspect of life to another, through memories and emotions.

An original play for young people, it was written by Michael Wicherek, is directed by Iqbal Khan, stars Lloyd Thomas and is presented by Box Clever.

l Time for the Good Looking Boy comes to Arts Centre Washington on Thursday, November 28 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.50 or £6 for concessions. They are available from www.artscentrewashington.co.uk or from the box office. Tel. 219 3455.