Director: Luke Speirs
Reviewer: Danielle Shields
The idea of two best guy buds torn apart by one of the lads having a girlfriend is nothing original. Adding musicians, sexuality and social anxiety into the mix spices things up a bit. Unfortunately, these themes are either represented as too bland, or on the other scale, too over-the-top that new musicalStay Awake For Now,is sadly a shut-eye fest.
The relationship between two aspiring musicians is tested when Drew spends more time with his girlfriend than his best friend Tom. A burst of enthusiasm is needed to bring this dull plot to life. There are many ways that this could occur: instead of Tom and Drew making no progress in becoming the rock stars they admire; they could be breaking the industry when the woman comes into the picture. It is still not that exciting but it does bring another layer to the drama.
When the actors are young, as they clearly are here, your first instinct is to make excuses for their abilities (or lack of) in this cutthroat industry. It is hard to make defenses however when the acting you see is so frigid and square. The lines are read with barely any emotion, and this is not helped by the script’s unrealistic dialogue.
Like the book and acting, again there is little creativity when it comes to the lyrics. There are a lot of dull ‘I like the way you smile’ type lines and one of Drew’s creations has a chorus that goes “ooh” which is not exactly Cobain material.
For now,Stay Awakeis a disappointing watch. If fresh ideas and a more defined message are fuelled into this basic musical then it could be worked on for a tween audience.
Runs until Sat 9thAug