Theatre review: Mental, Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Edinburgh

Mags wants to go to Australia, or New Zealand, or somewhere far away, as long as it’s not home.

Mental, Greenside @ Nicolson Square Lime Studio (Venue 209)

Mental, Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Edinburgh * * *

She’s exuberant, uneven, a natural leader. Rosie wants to read, and get her meds right. Sam is the vulnerable new arrival, nervous and suspicious, clutching his head in his hands.

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All are inmates of an adolescent psychiatric unit, where a blaring alarm signals that another patient has lost it.

Mental was written by Chloe Yates, who plays Mags, and draws on her own young experience of The Priory. Yates and director Mattie Williams are recent former students of Latymer Upper School, whose alumni include Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. Current pupils in the piece include Josh Cole, as 17-year-old Sam.

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