Breakfast Plays: The Future Is […] – Review

Breakfast Plays

There’s always something new to discover at the Edinburgh Fringe. Whilst early morning shows aren’t common, when found there’s the potential for something special. At 9am at the Traverse you can find Breakfast Plays.

Of course, the Traverse is gentle with people venturing around the fringe this early. Coffee and a breakfast roll greet you in advance of a rehearsed reading of a new piece of writing.

The Breakfast Plays take the form of this new writing being performed by actors. The creativity held in the actors only having had 24 hours to familiarise themselves with the piece. Script in hand, this is purely about the magic of the words which have been committed to the page.

For me, the play was Kit Kat. Written by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir, whilst the piece begins as a seemingly simple tale of childhood experience, the impact translates into an immediate need. A call for consideration, for prioritisation.

Titana Muthui and Ashley More take on the roles of school friends Anne and Rosa. Both commit to characters which are convincing of the mix of street savvy and innocence seen in older primary school children.

From trying to rescue a pet to the need to protect the planet. The play gently moves from animal well being to the climate emergency. Taking on parents, friends and school, the pair demonstrate their urgency for their voices to be heard. More’s final address being left as a call for action.

Kit Kat is cleverly constructed to move from childhood acts to acts which impact our future. Sigfúsdóttir gently utilises writing to create the awareness of the need for momentum. Never forcefully, not authoritatively, but with sense. Using the future to convey importance.

Breakfast Plays: The Future is […] is at the Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can see the production at 09.00 until Sunday 25th August. 

Disclosure: This review is part of media accreditation for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. All views and opinions contained are my own.

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