This was the first professional production of Mark Ravenhill\'s landmark debut play to be seen at the Edinburgh Festival since the original Max Stafford-Clark production in 1997. A brutal attack on Generation X, Shopping and F***ing was one of the defining plays of the 1990s.
Distinguished by the punch of the dialogue and the intelligence of the story, it follows the fortunes of three young bisexuals struggling to make ends meet. Their encounters with an underage rent boy who fantasises about having a father and a salesman who cries at videos of his son playing the violin is underpinned with a sad, angry reflection on modern values.
The famously explicit content of Shopping and F***ing was made all the more intense by presenting the production with an audience on three-sides.
The gamble paid off. The production played to large and enthusiastic audiences and won enthusiastic reviews all of which praised the quality and confidence of the cast. The Scotsman's 5-star review was better than the original production received in 1997.
The production was featured in the Fringe Opening Gala and invited on to the Pleasance's Pick of the Fringe show.