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1917: A Phantasmagoria (Michael Daviot)

By | Published on Monday 21 August 2017

“Remember me”, intones the spirit of 1917, our narrator and guide, at the end of this one-man show. Unfortunately, while the performance of the erudite spectre is excellent – by turns haunting, harrowed and hateful – the show itself is rather forgettable. A whistle-stop tour through the year’s lowlights (war, revolution, a lynching), nothing really ties these disparate events together beyond their taking place in the same year: 1917. Many of the hilarious/horrifying details are of historical note – it’s full of the kind of quirky factoids that would be right at home in an episode of ‘QI’ – but as a play, it’s somewhat lacking.

Sweet Holyrood, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andy Leask]