Butter Brain the Musical – review
Theatre Royal Stratford East

Published: Thursday, August 4, 2016 7:01 PM | Review by: Lloyd Lewis-Hayter |
Butter Brain by Young and Talented Butter Brain by Young and Talented

Currently in its 12th year, Young and Talented has provided much needed confidence boosting and life skills to thousands of young people as well as helping to put some on the path of the entertainment industry. This year's annual production Butter Brain gave us an insight into the young individuals the organisation has worked with over the past year.


We look forward to seeing the cast again for both next year's Young and Talented show and in other future TV and theatre productions as their talent continues to flourish.

The show appropriately takes place at Theatre Royal Stratford East, also known as 'the people's theatre', the theatre is famous for hosting productions and various workshops that star and are created by and for Stratford's vibrant multicultural community often giving an initial platform to future stars. Working with creatives and young people from 25 different nationalities on this production alone, Young and Talented fit fantastically with the disposition of Theatre Royal.


Written by Sarah Koser, the inaugural writer in residence at The Archivist Gallery, Butter Brain explores the pros and cons of children using the Internet and more specifically social media.


From Snapchat and Instagram to Twitter and Facebook, all platforms are touched upon as the children create their first online profiles. Finding that their family members have already shared pictures of them online cuddling up to their favorite toys as a toddler or dressed in matching unicorn onsies with their cousin, the children are horrified to find they are unable to create the cool online persona they had dreamed of.


It's not long until the children get a taste of being trolled when anonymous online profiles start leaving nasty comments on their pictures and statuses, and in an effort to break away from their new found pressures of social media they decide to log off. Some impressive vocal and dance performances from the young cast stand out from the often slow and hard to hear dialogue but this is easy to forgive a cast of 6-16 year olds.


We look forward to seeing the cast again for both next year's Young and Talented show and in other future TV and theatre productions as their talent continues to flourish.



Info: Butter Brain was at Theatre Royal Stratford East on 17 July 2016 | Visit the Young and Talented website for more info.




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