Brad Birch's science-fiction mimics the 80s nostalgia that made Netflix's Stranger Things so successful. Collision, a youth company based in Central Scotland, had no intention of hiding this similarity - the piece opened with the television programme's theme tune. In short, if you love Stranger Things and 80s classics such as E.T and The Goonies, this is a play for you.
Unfortunately, the dialogue was somewhat cliche. However, the benefit of the doubt has to be issued because this may-well have been Birch's intention in order to parody the paradigm of 80s nostalgia. The performances were generally respectable, however lines were often lost through lack of effective diction - without captions, I could have easily been lost at points. The indisputable show-stealers were the geeky fourth-wall breaking junior duo. The youngest members of the sizeable cast performed witty dialogue with a youthful exuberance that one can't help but enjoy.
Review by Max Guest
In conclusion, Brad Birch's adventure capitalises on the recent success of 80s nostalgia in film and Collision display this with a playful, albeit occasionally inarticulate, sparkle.