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Absence Of Separation (Theatre Ellipsis / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2016

Absence of Separation Ed2016

In a strange limbo between life and death, two men, an alienated businessman and a mysterious sprite, discuss the meaning of life. ‘Absence of Separation’ makes a strong, somewhat Taoist, argument against materialism and estrangement. It’s refreshing to hear this perspective put forward in theatre, I only wish it had been done a little less directly – shown and not told. The stage design, music and bizarre costumes will lead you to think “Ah yes, this is going to be brilliantly wacky”. But the script is overly simple and leans toward the didactic and, if you know the work of Alan Watts, it will seem fairly familiar. But if you want to hear some wisdom, maybe this show is for you.

Bourbon Bar, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Jane Berg]