John Binnie's Killing Me Softly is practically a period piece now, written in 1987 - about 10 years before many of these performers were born. The central duo of Tim and Lil (Brandon Logan and Leah Byrne) poignantly recreate the close encounter between a young gay man and his seemingly more self-assured - and straight - female friend.
Byrne's portrayal of feisty Lil is caustic in parts, but always cloaked with the imagined armour she has taken to wearing after her battles in 'love'; Logan as Tim is both vulnerable and strong, although there are a few cliches in his make-up which have been over-used since the play was written. Exploring a character dealing with HIV was explosive more than 25 years ago, but the story needed to be updated - having a working class protagonist who doesn't commit suicide felt not quite enough of a twist.
Devised by the 10-strong cast, under the direction of Fraser MacLeod, Instant analyses what elements of life young people expose through interplay on the internet and explores the instant-gratifications young people now expect. Whether it's through selfies or snapchat, the short piece highlights that although these digital natives know no other type of lifestyle and culture, their feelings and humanity are just as real. Laugh-out-loud funny at times, the performers convey trust that builds on their previous Scottish Youth Theatre work.
At Knightswood Congregational Church tonight; Lodging House Mission, East Campbell Street, Glasgow tomorrow; Glasgow Caledonian University on Thursday; Govan High School on Friday; and Easterhouse and Castlemilk next week.