Reviewer: David Doyle
Mikey and Addie is a delightful piece of storytelling, which explores the depths of space while also looking a little closer to home in its exploration of the family life of Scottish child Mickey and his schoolmate Addie. It’s a charming story that also packs an emotional punch and showcases a wonderful performance from Andy Manley. A tightly wrought piece that explores friend and family bonds, there’s enough to keep both adults and children engaged throughout.
Mikey and Addie couldn’t be more different. Mikey has his eyes firmly fixed to the stars, where his dad is floating as a NASA astronaut while Addie has her eyes locked on her schoolmates keeping an eye out for any dangerous behavior in her new role as playground monitor. An unlikely pairing, the show explores the formation of a friendship and the circumstances that create it.
It’s a deeply moving tale about families, friendships, and discovering one’s place in the world. Manley’s performance is engaging throughout as he deftly maneuvers through a tale with multiple characters in one of the best solo performances at the festival this year. Aided by a wonderful sound design, and a clever use of set, the piece is an effortless and thoughtful look at early adolescence.
Mikey and Addie may initially look to the stars but in doing so it manages to find a charming tale closer to home. It is particularly nice at a festival that often relies so heavily on imports to see a story about Scotland so expertly executed. This show really is a charming piece of storytelling that has real heart.
Runs until 28August 2016(not 22)