A timely, urgent, razor-sharp drama about a teenage boy fighting to save his reputation, torn between the influence of his family, his friends and his school.
Questioning where responsibility lies, Mad About the Boy explores the growing divide between the generations who gave, those who earned, and those who demand respect.
Gbolahan Obisesan’s play Mad About the Boy was first staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2011, then toured the UK in 2012.
‘Small but powerful… the writing is unexpectedly lyrical, elevating the drama of one boy’s life into the tragedy of the many whose potential is thrown away before they reach adulthood… its poetic energy and urgency make it difficult to ignore’
‘Obisesan’s insistently vivid text has a startling emotional authenticity… terse, evocative bullet-force brevity. Urgent, gripping and real.’
— The Times
‘Finely observed… a tangy, confident piece… taut and assured’
— Evening Standard
‘Stunning new play… Obisesan’s passion for language is a joy to experience’
— The Scotsman
‘This should be required viewing for every teenager in the capital’
‘Timely and urgent… intelligently written, and thought-provoking’
— Daily Telegraph
Fringe First, Edinburgh Festival Fringe