Clara Brennan's 2014 Fringe First winning Spine makes a nice companion piece to James Graham's The Angry Brigade both touching on the issue of disaffected youth.
In execution the two are very different. Spine is a 65 minute monologue by teenager Amy (Rosie Wyatt) about her unlikely friendship with old lady and book-hoarder Mrs Glenda.
Brilliantly performed, Wyatt switches between Amy and Mrs Glenda to tell the story. It begins with the teenager, whose family is forced to scavenge from the tip to make ends meet, turning up on Mrs Glenda's doorstep with a black eye and blood down her front having seen an advert for a room to rent.
Mrs Glenda is not shy of airing her opinions but is non-judgemental when it comes to Amy. She quickly disarms the sometimes bolshie teen and before Amy realises what she is doing, spills the beans on events that led her to the old lady's doorstep.
It is a funny and sad tale of young woman who knows better and tries to do the right thing but lets her emotions and circumstance get in the way. Mrs Glenda it turns out is a rebel in her own way. She has a strong sense of justice and a just society and channels Amy's frustration, anger and sense of personal injustice into something more constructive.