Edinburgh Festival: A Reason to Smile (2 stars)

How do relationships end? Over 45 minutes, this two-hander by 17-year-old writer and performer Lucy Ioannou attempts to answer this question by charting the journey of unemployed Christopher and ambitious writer Jo, from meeting in a library to a violent and emotionally draining break-up.

The young cast give it their all and it’s clearly quite an intense piece to perform, but also to watch – and one that doesn’t seem to have anything to say other than the somewhat bleak message that love dies.

Less choppy scenes would allow more time to explore the characters and subject matter in greater depth.

Written for The Scotsman

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