This two-handed drama charts the descent of art lecturer Kenny Roach from being a lad who likes a drink at the pub, to being an alcoholic whose family, career and life are ruined through addiction. The story makes a tenuous link between creativity and the potential for substance abuse, mapping the career of an artist which can be financially unstable, filled with ego, and pursuant of something beyond reality. Such territory has been very insightfully covered by Bryony Kimmings (7 Day Drunk), Paper Birds (Thirsty) and by Duckie’s Slaughterhouse Club (their project with Vauxhall-based homeless and vulnerable men). Still holding firmly to a male protagonist, the effects of alcoholism on friends and family are startling clear from his female partner, a role (in life) which is often thankless and uneasy. (BL/SG)
THE COLOURS OF KENNY ROACH, Peppermint Muse, 7-29 August, theSpace@ Niddry St. Venue is wheelchair accessible, please contact venue for other accessibility needs.
On 7 Day Drunk – Bryony Kimmings
The Paper Birds’ Thirsty
Duckie’s Slaughterhouse Project