Review: Breakfast Plays: The Future Is – Kit Kat (rating 5/5)
Kit Kat is a serious play with a strong message about global warming performed by three women, Rebecca Elise – who plays the mother, Ashleigh More who plays her very young teenage daughter, and Titana Muthui who plays her friend.
It is set in the present and written by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir, one of four chosen emerging female writers in Scotland that the Traverse Theatre is showcasing in this year’s Fringe Breakfast Plays.
The play is set in a garden where there is a Tree House. This is where the two girls play, and a strong friendships flourishes. It opens with the girls discussing an injured animal placed in a box after accidentally injuring it. They hide the box in the Tree House away from the mother who they are too embarrassed to tell.
The story unfolds after the animal is discovered by the mother and leads to a moment of regret which escalates into a protest about saving the planet from waste and global warming. This goes on to involve packaging, vegetarianism and getting rid of the family car.
More who plays the daughter said afterwards that they had only read this play together once before, and this was their first performance in front of an audience. Her performance was strong and convincing as was that of Titana Mithui who plays her friend with attitude.
This is an hour-long performance that deals with the difficulties of parenting and the desire to help your children become the adults you wish them to be. But can you be the parent who can help your child save the world? It is a big ask indeed for any parent. But the message is a powerful one and made me think very deeply about doing much more to save the planet before it is too late for my children.
Ironically, while the play took issue with unhealthy processed food we were served breakfast consisting of bacon and sausage rolls.
Traverse Theatre, 17 and 22 August