Review: King Hamlin, Park Theatre - important issues are drowned out
King Hamlin at the Park Theatre starts before it begins with three teenage boys joshing around; it's noisy and boisterous with an undercurrent of tension.
When the play formally starts, Hamlin (Harris Cain) is having a nightmare about being late for a job interview. He wants to help his mum (Kiza Deen), who has just lost her job and can't get benefits for five weeks.
They have a good relationship, and Hamlin wants to finish college, go to university and become a software engineer.
But circumstances start to conspire against him. His mum can't afford wifi, he doesn't have a laptop, and he's losing out on job opportunities because he can't work from home.
Added to this, the area he lives in is rife with gangs, making it a dangerous place to be as a young male.
There is an element of pride in that Hamlin doesn't want to work in a supermarket but do something that is less manual - and paid better.
Would it have mattered if he had got any old job?
His friend Quinn (Inaam Barwani) is, by his own admission and his behaviour, not cut out for studying and college but has a proposition for Hamlin which could help solve his money issues.
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