Fran and Leni

Sadie Hasler

Old Trunk Theatre Company

Assembly George Square Theatre

From 04 August 2016 to 28 August 2016

Rating: ***

Review by Philip Fisher

Fran and Leni attempts to transport viewers back to 1976 when punk was changing the world.

We first meet the contrasting duo, played by writer Sadie Hasler and director Sarah Mayhew, as schoolgirls in flashback as Leni reads from her autobiography 20 years on. Leni is wild chld, while Fran is a good—but not for long—girl who loves Mozart.

When Fran decides to rebel against a dead-end girly job, the pair quickly transform into The Rips, a band in the classic British punk mould.

The play follows their fortunes until a break up after the death of their manager and some sexual preference issues.

The problem with a likeable enough 70 minutes is that a play about anarchy is conventional and frequently veers too close to soap opera.