REVIEW: A Good Clean Heart, Underbelly – Edinburgh Fringe ✭✭✭✭✭

Last Updated on 17th June 2017

A Good Clean Heart at Uderbelly

A Good Clean Heart
11 August 2016
5 Stars
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Fighting for attention on the Fringe is this beautifully written bilingual play of two brothers, separated by adoption, who find each other when the younger turns 18.

It’s a bilingual production in Welsh and English, but excellent subtitles and acting keep the story gripping and understandable. Welsh Hefin, (Kevin), discovers he has a half-brother. Impulsive and angry, he dives on a bus to London to meet street wise Jay. That Jay is black adds to their communication problems, and what threatens to become a cliched play about street crime takes a tender twist.

James Ifan and Oliver Wellington excel not just as the brothers but all the characters we meet, especially their damaged mother.

Alun Saunder’s beautiful script is not just bilingual, he also explores street language and bravado. Excellent direction and movement and a wonderful karaoke section allow the play to soar.

This is a gem of a coming of age play, sincere and funny, highly recommended.


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