Assembly George Square – The Box
Queerly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness Will Jackson’s Confetti, the wedding preparations of Felix (Jackson). It’s not his own – he is the unflappable ‘mate of honour’ for his best friend. We are lucky enough to be guests for the sten (that’s a stag and hen combo party), ceremony, evening do and Felix’s own sorry love story along the way.
This is the second one-man LGBTQIA+ rom-com from Jackson and his Quick Duck Theatre, after 2019’s fantastic Yours Sincerely, about love, reconciliation and stamp theft. It exceeds an already high bar. Confetti is a gorgeously enjoyable and engaging show full of warmth and humour. Accompanied only by a trolley cart, plenty of confetti and party bags for the audience – er, I mean hens – Jackson has created the perfect 00s rom-com and Richard Curtis can eat his heart out.
Felix meets his knight-in-shining-armour after knocking himself out in a dance routine gone wrong at the hen do, but things aren’t as they seem. Jackson has reinvented every heterosexual meet-cute cliché and given them a distinctly queer take. To be able to do a full three act narrative plus plot twists and character development in a one hour fringe show is only possible because of Jackson’s writing and performing skills. We know this festival is full of one act head scratchers but what Will has written is a gloriously tight 60 minutes with all of the heart and humour of a feature length film.
It is a delight to catch this funny, well written and engaging one man play. This is the sort of show that makes a company an Edinburgh Festival name and it’s guaranteed that audiences will return in 2023 to see what they’ll bring next time.
Written by: Will Jackson
Directed by: Hannah Birkin
Design by: Maria Terry
Composed & Sound Design by: Tom Rackham
Movement Direction by: Eleanor Rattenbury
Dramaturgy by: Joanna Bowman
Produced by: Ben Anderson and Will Jackson
Confetti plays at Assemby George Square until 29 August. Further information and bookings here.