Tron Theatre, Glasgow Three stars Beneath a naked bulb in a top-floor high-rise in South London, a reunion is taking place. Cannon has been on an extended tour of duty for the last ten years ever since the untimely death of his wife. His now teenage children Gary and Lou have been in care ever since. Like a prodigal returning home from war, Cannon is going to make everything good again. Except both his children have been seriously damaged, both by his absence and the survival-of-the-fittest brutalisation of the system they've been forced to survive in. While Toby Wharton's Gary likes to play gangsta with his braniac mate Michael,beyond some small-time dealing, the lack of a male influence has seen him bullied and lacking focus. For Anna Koval's initially absent Lou it's been even worse. Both are desperate for love, but all Cannon knows is the violence of the boxing ring and the battlefield, and any bonds the three might have once had are just half-remembered memories now. Co-written by sixty-something writer Tash Fairbanks and twenty-something actor Wharton, Fog is a street-smart study of everyday dysfunction that demonstrates how children's emotional and physical displacement from their parents at a crucial age can leave its mark. This may be taken to extremes in Che Walker's raw and unsentimental production for AGF Productions, first seen at London's Finborough Theatre in 2012, but there's an honesty to it that belies some of the play's structural flaws that leave too many loose ends hanging. By the end, however, when Mark Leadbetter's Cannon is attempting to abdicate responsibility a second time, it looks like Gary's crash course in growing up might just have paid off.
The Herald, September 13th 2013 ends