ED2017 3/5 Reviews ED2017 Theatre Reviews

A Girl And A Gun (Louise Orwin)

By | Published on Monday 21 August 2017

Bluebeard, in the legend, fills dungeons with bloody bits of his murdered wives. Fitting then, that the actor in this piece about violently sexualised depictions of women in film, has a dyed-blue stripe across his chin. This actor, who appears alongside the energetic Louise Orwin, has been selected online to perform in this show for one night only and reads his lines cold, from an autocue. But, even as he squirms, our pity for him is tempered by revulsion at his savage character. It’s we, the ones off-camera, whom the piece catches in its glare; seeing Orwin through his eyes, we’re forced to feel complicit. We squirm too, but also fidget – the piece is too saggy and over-long to quite land its punches.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Alexander Hartley]