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Blackthorn by Charley Miles (InSite / West Yorkshire Playhouse)

By | Published on Friday 17 August 2018

The play takes its title from a conversation between the two protagonists, as they discuss how the roots that lie beneath the earth mean that what appear to be separate plants are really part of the same organism. It’s a clear metaphor for their relationship with one another, and also for the connection between an individual and their community. We witness a series of snapshots of their lives in a rural village as they grow up, come together and fall apart – one staying at home, the other pulling away. It’s a strong narrative hook, and well-acted, but it feels rushed. The episodes are too brief, leaving too many unanswered questions for the emotional climax to really pack a punch.

Summerhall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]