Slung Low Shorts New Short Plays | Leeds

I was super excited when Slung Low Shorts popped up on my twitter feed. Six TV writers with six original short plays within six miles of my current location (that’s a slight untruth but it works with the whole ‘six’ thing) As you can imagine, I booked the free tickets immediately.

To be completely transparent, I missed the first two plays because, well because I am an idiot. Normally I am very organised and plan everything to the final detail, but at this point in life I was overwhelmingly busy. So I sat in the kitsch waiting area, whispering and moaning about the early start. I then decided to re-read my countless, and what should have been very helpful, emails to only see in big bold writing… 7PM START. Doh!

So I’ve decided, as I am (slung low) short on time, to write four sentence reviews of the four plays.

My Mum The Racist

This play dealt with one of the more gritty topics of the night, in quite a sensitive short. A once loving mother has to choose between her manipulative racist white boyfriend and her typically teenage mixed race son. The leading lady thankfully added some much needed power to this performance of subdued conflict through monologues and freeze frames. Unfortunately, I felt it lacked pace and drama and soon became the short I forgot.

Waiting for Gaga

Waiting in the bar are proved an exciting part of the night. The short was a really funny comparison of friendships, exploring the dramas of two middle aged women against a pair of snapchat obsessed teenage girls. I went gaga for the older characters as one woman braved a meat bikini, the other some monstrous metallic construction and not to forget the dad with the unexpected attitude. I loved that we became part of the play and ultimately part of the Lady Gaga concert in this down to earth, laugh out loud, super sassy number.

Toodle Pip

The leading lady was a highlight of this play as he energy and character lit up the stage. It was an eye opener to see how some humans struggle on a day to day basis. The play also highlighted just how unhelpful the ‘system’ is with supporting those who struggle. This performance packed a punch with a generous dose of humour to ease you through.

When I say I Love You

Quick witted dialogue paired with actors who have excellent comedy timing made this the best play of the night. It followed a mans unrelentless quest to win over his female colleagues affection, which was quite obviously not reciprocated. You could see their relationship develop throughout the work party, with the memorable help of a well endowed blow up penis. A slightly heartbreaking comedy with a touch of love, just the ‘friend zone’ kind.

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They have a ‘pay what you decide’ policy so I obviously put paper money in the jar. If you attended and didn’t pay, shame on you! It was well worth charging for and a reet bargain night.

Ah how it was extremely refreshing to see original and unrestrained material, performed by a mixture of new and seasoned actors hosted in such a beautifully transformed venue.

I imagine it took a lot of hard work to pull the night together in a very short time frame (I hope it was six weeks or months to keep with the theme) And I hear through the grapevine, or more accurately Google, that there will be another next year. Yipee!

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