‘The Boy at the Edge of Everything’ is a beautiful children’s play that follows the story of 12-year-old Simon Ives, who leads a very busy life and just wants some peace and quiet. On the other side of the universe, The Boy at the Edge of Everything sits bored with nothing to do.

Though this show is aimed at children, the production quality, along with the clever sprinkle of grown-up jokes, makes the show just as entertaining for the adults in the audience.

The performance is comprised of four actors, who between them play eight roles. These performers work in a perfect synchronization; a perfect example of actors listening to each other and working together on stage. Every performance was unfaultable. Lamour gives us a beautiful representation of a preteen boy, believable, relatable and entertaining. Matt Furlani and Emily Goddard portray three characters each, those characters caricatured yet also still relatable, and so contrasting that it seems like different people play each role. Felix Berger-O’Neil is similarly entrancing, though only with two characters.

The stage management of the piece is simply perfection. Every sound cue perfectly timed, every lighting cue seamless. The backstage changes are so quick and subtle that the changes in character go almost unnoticed – it often took me until mid scene to realize the mum had been the school girl two seconds before the scene. Furthermore, the stunning design of both the sound and the lighting enrich the magical experience of the piece.

What really gives this show it’s magic, however, is the use of props. We begin the play with Simon under a spotlight, and then a paper bag appears, blowing in the wind. Attached to clear string, it follows a specific path. But with the lighting, the string can’t be seen, even when you know it’s there and are looking for it. From the very beginning you are transported to the world of the play. This effect is used a few times, and every time just as effective as the last.

I was further impressed by the direction of the show. It, also, was faultless. It reflects Simons busy life on earth with lots of flurried movement, but is never too busy or complicated. I particularly like the choice that the other characters move around a lot, but Simon often stays perfectly still to emulate his wish to get away from his busy life. This is also enhanced when the family, although seated at the table and not moving as much, all talk at once. Despite this, I could still hear everything Simon was saying, and everything each character in turn was saying when they needed to be heard. Contrasting that, when we meet the Boy at the Edge of Everything, everything is still and peaceful. A stunning contrast and very clever direction.

‘The Boy at the Edge of Everything’ is a truly beautiful show that caters to an audience of anyone above the age of 8. I highly recommend it, the magic of the show; the stellar performances and the witty comedy make for a wonderful night out.

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