Leeds University Union Theatre Group, operating under the name Aireborne Theatre have sent two shows to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016; regrettably, we were only able to catch one of them, but it was definitely worth catching.

‘Boys’, by Ella Hickson, is a drama about a group of students who have recently graduated from university and are coming to the end of their house share. With a backdrop of unrest in the city, we spend an hour in the company of these young people. From the young violin virtuoso to the typical lad, with a string of girls at his door, we get just a glimpse into the hopes and fears of each of them.

In this short play, we get just enough story to understand the journey this group has taken together over the past few years. It is subtle, and different audiences may interpret events differently, but what’s important is the way what’s happening now is put into context.

What makes this production truly special is the incredible cast. These young actors are as good as any West End company and gave every ounce of their passion to the production. It was an absolute joy to watch and the Leeds University Theatre Group should be extremely proud of what their students have achieved.

In 2017, we will be scouring the Fringe programme very carefully for Aireborne Theatre, we won’t make the mistake of missing one of their productions again.

Greg is an award-winning writer with a huge passion for theatre. He has appeared on stage, as well as having directed several plays in his native Scotland. Greg is the founder and editor of Theatre Weekly


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