REVIEW – Napier College Drama Society – Abigail’s third Birthday Celebration

RATING: 3/5

ONCE a yr, Edinburgh Napier College Drama Society (appropriately titled NUDS) places on a present on the Fringe.

2022’s present was Abigail’s 3rd Birthday Celebration, and NUDS‘s newest Fringe present delivered in spades.

“We’ve been engaged on the present for a few months now and it’s been an incredible expertise to see how this stuff come collectively”, mentioned Jess Courtroom, who performs Sarah within the play.

She continued: ”It’s my first fringe so it’s all new to me, and the administrators Lilith and Heather, in addition to the opposite solid members, have positively made it an unforgettable expertise”.      

Abigail’s third Birthday Celebration marks NUDS’s conventional look on the Edinburgh Fringe this yr.

The play focuses on a gaggle of previous uni buddies reconvening for, you guessed it, Abigail’s third birthday celebration.

A minimal set and an intimate venue helped make the present really feel awkward and claustrophobic in the absolute best means.

Particularly as the strain started to ramp up with each snide comment and enjoyable supply.

All of the whereas with the continuing madness of the children occasion being handled as doomsday mendacity merely backstage.

A revolving door of visitor arrivals at first of the play properly arrange every particular person battle that will persist all through, and there have been an entire lot of them.

A couple of teething points apart, the group’s apparent chemistry kicked in because the established points started to escalate.

There’s previous greatest buddies reuniting, falling out, dishonest, scheming, and about all the things else you’d anticipate from a gaggle of college college students.

The best praise that might be given to the piece is that it stays completely unpredictable.

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Every time you assume a battle shall be resolved a technique, it spirals into one other.

Not in a means that makes the selections jarring although, however in a means the place all these conclusions had been hiding in plain sight.

And by which the present refreshingly avoids an entire host of stereotypes within the course of.

Jess continued: ”Individuals ought to anticipate plenty of laughs, in addition to a couple of tears. It’s a very enjoyable present that we’ve put plenty of work into, all of us care rather a lot for our characters and I feel that shines by.

“It’s been an incredible opening weekend and we are able to’t wait to see what the subsequent couple weeks of the competition have in retailer for us”.

Particular shout-outs to Jason Lynass (who performs faux-rich boy Xander), Jess Courtroom (who performs borderline-psycho heroine Sarah), and Fraser Nickrolls (final dad power) for his or her terrific performances.

Mixing relationship comedy with uncooked drama, Abigail’s third Birthday Celebration is a superb present completely value a watch in the course of the Fringe! 

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