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Three men on a mountain
Birmingham's Steven Camden is best known as performance poet Polarbear but he now turns his hand to drama.
This comedy, premiered at Birmingham Repertory Theatre's intimate Door, is a three-handed adventure story.
On the weekend before teenager Luke is about to head off to university, he and two friends embark on a camping trip to Snowdonia. Their aim – to climb Snowdon.
Taking a selfie on Snowdon
Unfortunately for the trio who are all city lads brought up in Birmingham, they totally underestimate the challenge.
The result is chaos which blends the classic road trip with a touch of Lord of the Flies and a slightly surreal encounter with a former soldier in the middle of nowhere.
Lawrence Walker plays Luke as a youngster deeply in love with his girlfriend yet eager for a last weekend away with the lads. Sam Cole is Tommy, the wide boy who rapidly realises he is out of his depth. Waleed Akhtar is Zia whose enthusiasm for the challenge and for their new found friend is actually a bit unnerving.
Directed by Tessa Walker and designed by Olly Shapley, the drama moves at a fast pace and the sets are minimal. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud jokes but there is also just that bit of uneasiness as to where this adventure is taking them.
Camden's experience as a performance poet is to the fore with rapid and witty dialogue which gets to the heart of the relationship between these three friends.