Perfectly suited to the new outdoor stage of MultiStory, Rituel, from Matsena Productions, is a captivating journey through the ebullience of childhood and into the clumsiness of adolescence. It’s devised and performed by Shane David-Joseph, Johnny Hail, Charlie Layburn, and Anthony and Kel Matsena, with the last two leading the creative process.
After casually welcoming a drifting audience that filter in and orders drinks to their bubbled seats – this is no ordinary Edinburgh fringe – the cast ripple into action. Performing as toddlers who subsequently grow into young men, they race from playground antics to puberty and drunken misadventures with boyish flair.
Hail neatly weaves live guitar in and out of the story. No single performer takes the limelight, each instead illuminating a particular experience from growing up. Highlights include body-popping depictions of childhood toys, and a tortuous sex-ed video with embarrassingly “hip” rapping. All buttressed by snappy dialogue and half-mumbled asides, reminiscent of the…