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Brutal Cessation (Michelle Barnette Productions Limited)

By | Published on Monday 7 August 2017

A powerful piece of new writing, ‘Brutal Cessation’ explores how emotional games and rituals can consume a relationship and obscure people from reality, the performance following a couple and their conversations at home, as their relationship becomes increasing symbiotic. The set is markedly minimal, established by just a few domestic props, which leaves the audience’s focus on the intricate exchanges between the two characters. The script is elegant yet expressive, conveying complex characters through simple language and the use of a youthful vernacular. The script is complemented by two very accomplished performances and high quality direction, though an extravagant concluding sequence breaks with the performance’s simple elegance. Overall this is a dark, thrilling drama.

Assembly George Square Theatre, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [James Napleton]