Sarah, Sky, and Seven Other Guys is a well observed and diverse piece, even if it doesn’t quite know what to say for itself by the end.
Sarah is single again. Sky is too. They’ve been best friends since forever. But can Sky’s frantic campery offer what Sarah wants in her 20s beyond just being a GBF, as both of them stumble through sexual misadventures in Sarah, Sky, and Seven Other Guys.
Hurrah! Yet another BAME LGBTQIA piece! This is what I love about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: you get to see things that seldom crop up even on fringe scenes as big as London’s. As well as this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival highlighting the lives of gay arabs in Becoming Scheherazade, Sarah, Sky, and Seven Other Guys not only has a lead Indian subcontinent gay character, but also has characters and issues that tackle other areas of the community.
It’s really refreshing to see a piece that goes beyond just a single subject. As well as dealing with being a gay person of colour, Sarah, Sky, and Seven Other Guys covers the dynamic of gay friendships with heterosexual females, as well a straight female story arc. Then, there’s a really surprising and welcomed inclusion of an asexual character, whilst the the story also covers drug abuse and chemsex, kink and racism, bisexuality, independence and dependency. It’s an incredibly intricate and well woven piece that covers a wide range of topics.
The only problem with Sarah, Sky, and Seven Other Guys is that you’re not really sure what it’s trying to say by the end of it. Both lead characters are flawed and have unlikable elements, and there’s the idea that they’re not as good for each other as they might think. But there’s no real conclusion to Sarah, Sky, and Seven Other Guys meaning you’re left just a little unfulfilled by the end of it, despite its veritable smorgasbord of well observed issues. There’s no real explicit revelation or change and it just ends feeling there’s a bit more to the story that we’re being let in on. With just a little more time and development, a clearer climax would certainly not go amiss, and would round Sarah, Sky, and Seven Other Guys off very nicely.
There’s so much nuanced observation on being gay/straight/camp/single/etc. that Sarah, Sky, and Seven Other Guys is really worth seeing just for the detailed portrait of life and living that it provides.