Review: Cuckoo, Soho Theatre - funny and poignant portrayal of Irish teens desperately seeking acceptance
Iona is a funny, bubbly, car crash character - you can see her driving towards the collision but can't look away.
Iona (Catriona Ennis) just wants to fit in, be one of the cool kids rather than the target of their ridicule and bullying.
Her best friend is Pingu (Elise Heaven) is non-binary, wears a tuxedo to school and has decided not to speak, but that's OK because Iona talks enough for both of them.
Set in Crumlin, a suburb of Dublin, writer Lisa Carroll's play Cuckoo follows Iona and Pingu over a couple of fateful days when they announce that they are moving to London.
It is a decision which catapults them into the spotlight in a way that they never anticipated.
Sharp, witty and descriptive
Iona has a sharp, often witty and descriptive way with words and the play opens with her enthusiastic and colourful recounting of a shoplifting trip.
Pingu's silent reactions speak volumes and Iona's story, while laugh out loud funny, paints a picture of a life where having a good TV and wearing the right labels are the difference between being accepted and being bullied.