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Blinded (BloomBox Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 14 August 2018

Bloombox Theatre seem to have thrown everything they can think of at this production: there’s projection, dance, audience interaction, music, narration and repetitive, stylised movement sequences. The performers are engaging, but much of it feels like filler, as the narrative is brief and unsatisfying. By focusing on one woman’s experience of paranoid schizophrenia around the middle of the last century, their points about stigma and medical treatment don’t fully connect to the current climate. And, by focusing on the violence committed by a mentally ill person, perhaps they limit their audience’s understanding more than they expand it. This is a well-intentioned piece, but one that’s lacking in nuance and direction. “Time to talk” just seems a little trite here.

Venue 13, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 2/5