ED2016 5/5 Reviews ED2016 Theatre Reviews

Circleville, Circlevalley (Experimental Theatre Club)

By | Published on Saturday 20 August 2016

Circleville, Circlevalley Ed2016

I’ve never been to a dramatherapist (one word, apparently), but if it’s like this then sign me up! We’re dropped straight into one client’s imaginary session and, while the Freudian undertones are clear to see, they’re not the focus, or the point, really. Instead, the audience is an extra member of the session, invited into all of the characters’ safe spaces to hear their thoughts and share their feelings. And it is a brilliantly liberating, profoundly cathartic experience; this kind of topic, with limited audience interaction, could easily be pretentious, or awkward, but instead it feels sincere throughout, even when played for laughs. The play’s ending brings just the right amount of closure, too, without unrealistically solving everyone’s problems.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 21 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andy Leask]