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Baby Reindeer by Richard Gadd (Francesca Moody Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2019

Rotating fast on a turntable centre stage, Richard Gadd begins to talk. He explains the foul, threatening voicemails we’ve just heard, explaining that they’ve come from the woman who relentlessly stalked him for years after he made one mistake. Her name is Martha; she calls Gadd her “baby reindeer”. And so it unfolds, gripping you at every turn. Gadd’s storytelling is so good, so involving, that you feel you can almost see Martha in front of you. You start to feel other audience members glancing around, wondering if she’s in the room. Gadd does not spare himself, acknowledging his own complicity in Martha’s obsession, but his real, adrenaline-fuelled rage that this should have happened to him burns throughout this searing play.

Roundabout @ Summerhall, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Jon Stapley]