Wild Life FM, Unicorn Theatre

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by guest critic Kudzanayi Chiwawa

Kim Noble, Pol Heyvaert, Jakob Ampe and the nine, young singer/songwriters they worked with describe this piece as part gig and part play, and it’s exactly that. The show unfolds as if in a radio station’s live broadcast, with a clearly confident cast carrying you through the unusual format, allowing the audience to simply enjoy it.

The narrative dips in and out of the points of view of each character, touching on pertinent issues affecting young people. The clever use of humour means that these messages land, and they have the audience roaring with laughter throughout.

Against a large, screen for a backdrop, images and videos are displayed. This focused ensemble mixes solo performances, different styles of music, and anecdotes. Everyone gets moments to shine, without the work feeling like a school play. It’s a great show, these performers are very talented, and you leave wishing more people could see it.

Wild Life FM runs through until 20 January.

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