Since U Been Gone is Teddy Lamb’s real-life story about the life they are living after they lose their best friend to suicide. They talk about losing sight of happiness, the moments that continue to change Teddy and the way the world is shifting.
After her death, Teddy identifies with himself differently and his pronouns change. They are finally confident in his new identity but their best friend isn’t around to see it. It’s an insightful look into a queer coming-of-age story and the battles and obstacles Teddy faces. Delving into the complexity friendship and getting each other through tough times, we go on a journey with Teddy learning to love themselves.
The narrative is quite muddled as it switches from comedy anecdotes to emotional internal monologues. Jumping back and fourth in time, we are always on the cusp of really feeling the emotion until it snaps back into another story. Although Teddy is a natural performer it’s not the most cohesive story.
Nicol Parkinson stands on stage with Teddy in a sparkly dress and heels playing the guitar. They soundtrack the piece with a heavy pop sound that enhances Teddy’s storytelling.
It’s a tender subject and Teddy talks dearly of their late best friend. Longing for their company and talking about that moment of realisation when something happens in Teddy’s life and Teddy instantly goes to text their best friend to let her know. It’s relatable as Teddy talks of the mundane but essential chat with their best friend like the latest series of America’s Next Top Model. It’s a story about grief that will leave you yearning to connect with your best friends.
There are pangs of emotions, lots of laughs and enjoyable storytelling in an important piece of theatre telling a moving queer story.
Since U Been Gone is on at Edinburgh Fringe at Assembly Roxy at 15:45.