Last year, my pick of the Fringe was Angel By Henry Naylor, so when I saw that Naylor was back with the latest in his Arabian Nightmares series, Borders, I made sure to add this play to my opening weekend viewing.
And boy was I not disappointed. Borders is a spectacular two-hander with Avital Lvova as Nameless, a Syrian refugee and Graham O'mara as Sebastian, an English photographer who wanted to change the world but ended up taking photos of Robbie Williams. Borders is an excellent juxtaposition of two people growing up at the same time in different parts of the world, both trying to find their way.
A simple black set with just two stools, the show is stolen by Naylor's words with are creative, clear, humorous and at the same time absolutely devastating. There's no lack of energy from the actors and they hold the audience in the palm of their hands.
Outlining the role graffiti and youth activists have played in the Syrian uprising, Borders brings one of our generation's greatest conflicts to the forefront, pokes fun at the state of the current media, and makes you feel a little guilty about our lavish lifestyles.
It is not to be missed - a heartwarming and heartbreaking piece of theatre that is expertly written and performed, Borders is on at The Holden Street Theatres for Adelaide Fringe until March 18th.