It’s not easy being young. Sure, you have your health, your good looks and the inhuman ability to funnel alcohol through a tube. But you also have the terrible task of discovering who you are. And finding the right mates to help you do it.
Enter the Fringe debut of Twentysomething, a smart new comedy devised by students from the University of Essex’s East 15 drama school. Centred around the reunion of a group of friends one night, the play explores the perils of growing up and begs the question: Should some friends be left to Facebook?
So, what is Twentysomething all about?
Adam: It’s about a group of people that were/are friends. I don’t think they can really decide. The play happens on the night of a reunion and it’s at that point when people realise that sometimes friends that were, no longer are.
Tom: It highlights the difference between growing up with people and growing apart from these people. And how big those changes seem.
Yasmin: I think anyone can relate to one of these characters. It’s about growing up and finding your feet, some finding that more difficult than others!
Adam and Yasmin, can you tell us a little about your characters?
Yasmin: I play Zoe, she’s strong, an independent woman who says what she thinks… she’s not afraid to rock the boat. She’s insecure about her direction in life, but watch out: she’ll eat your boyfriend alive.
Adam: I’m Michael, Zoe’s little minion. He’s witty and dry, quite gay and loves the banter. Always ready to have an argument, but he’s very caring and protective as well.
Tom, you’re making your directorial debut with Twentysomething. Can you describe the experience, so far? What do you hope to achieve in Edinburgh?
Tom: I loved exploring with these guys, playing games and just having the most hilarious time. But you’d expect that from a hilarious play. What do I hope to achieve in Edinburgh? Success, women and maybe artistic merit?
Favourite quotes from the play?
Adam: Well, I love that I get to say ‘gaysians’… That’s a great word.
Yasmin: ‘You’re still the same little pig I dumped,’ is always fun to say. Also, ‘I never do half-hearted birthday messages on Facebook… I am not going to insult someone’s intelligence by pretending I remember it or that I actually wanted to see them!”
How much of the story is based on personal experiences?
Adam: There are quite a few anecdotes in it that are based on personal experience. The dynamic I have with my close friends has definitely helped make the writing of it come from somewhere that is very realistic.
Yasmin: I am definitely not like Zoe! However, some of the characters are based on people from our past who are too entertaining not to characterise! I can totally relate to feeling pressured about life choices and feeling lost, though.
Should some friends be left to Facebook?
Adam: In reality, I think I see about 10% of my Facebook friends on a regular basis. That’s sad, isn’t it? So, I suppose some friends are left to Facebook no matter what you do.
Tom: Some friends should be deleted from Facebook.
Yasmin: Zoe would probably say Delete and Block… end of. I think personally, yes, they should. Everyone’s curiosity gets the better of them and using Facebook is far less creepy than stalking people in real life!
Twentysomething, Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall. 5-19 August, 6.25pm.