(Dominic Cavendish’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 6/9.)

Resurgent Welsh playwright Gary Owen has a knack for getting inside the heads of troubled teens. Five years ago, he impressed with Love Steals us From Loneliness, his surprisingly life-affirming response to the Bridgend suicides, and Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian, about a delinquent rehabilitated by tough love.

Now he excels himself with a play that takes some of the identifying tropes of modern life in Wales – rugby, alcohol abuse and the Cardiff-basedDoctor Who "industry" – and stirs them into a dark comedy that begins on a quirkily entertaining note and ends up in a place that’s as perturbing as it is problematic.



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