Theatre Review: Skeen
Premiering as part of 33% London; Oval House’s annual youth arts festival last year, ‘Skeen’ has now been revived at the Lost Theatre along with a new cast and award-winning director Ibrahim Shote.
Following a group of year 6 students in their rehearsals for the end of term production, the play within a play format already lends itself to the farcical comedy which quickly appears. Bringing together stereotypical students including the school’s ‘sket’, ‘rude boy’, ‘freshie’ and geek, all the comedic elements are ready to go.
Even though some great one-liners are born out of bringing these contrasting characters together, holes often appear in the performance as their objectives and intentions are unclear.
On top of this the characters are also playing their parts in the school play, there’s a shaky love triangle or two, irrelevant references to the riots, and some confusing costume changes. Although it’s not clear why she’s so angry, it is Cherish Belle who stands out with her perfect and hilarious portrayal of the school’s rude girl.
Young playwright Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu has clearly had a bright idea with the concept of the play, he just needs the right cast to execute it.
Words: Lloyd Naomi Lewis (@LloydNaomiLewis)