So you know how we told you an actual play based on Harry Styles and the One Direction fandom was coming to London recently? Well, since it could be argued we're pretty heavily invested in the life and times of Harreh and suffer pretty bad FOMO when it comes to anything 1D-related, we just had to pop down to Theatre N16 to see what all the fuss was about.
Yup - if you'd told us that, almost six years to the day since his first X Factor audition, we'd be watching two girls discuss Harry Edward in such detail above a pub in Balham we'd have asked what we'd ever done to deserve such genius. It happened, though; and last night the super talented Caitlyn McEwan and Sophie McQuillan aka Poor Michelle Productions pretty much played out our lives before our eyes.
We even bumped into a couple of 1D fans we've seen at stuff over the years down there. HEY, y'all know who you are.
Now we don't wanna give too much away in case you haven't been down to the play yet (if you haven't, we can't recommend it enough); but the show tells the tale of two dedicated Directioners chucked together in uni halls by chance who bond over their love of the boys. In particular, Harry.
It's kinda weird watching Caitlyn and Sophie, y'know? Weird in that they just *get* us so much it's kinda scary. It's almost like they've got some sort of camera set up here at Sugarscape HQ filming us discuss Liam Payne's kidney function for the best part of an afternoon. It's safe to say Caitlyn's done some solid research when it comes to understanding what the frick goes on in 1D fans' heads.
Now as funny as Harry is (and believe us, there were shitloads of proper laugh out loud moments) the play also manages to portray a darker side to dedication and some more serious issues surrounding the concept of fandom. Again, we don't wanna spoil it but the plot twist tells a whole other story.
Why nobody's ever come up with this idea before now we don't know, but what we *do* know is that Harry somehow manages to be hilarious and pretty heartbreaking at the same time. Thanks to Caitlyn and Sophie, director Ellie and producer Tim for having us down. Can we get this a run in the West End or something now, yeah?
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