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Cognitions (SpeakUp Theatre)

By | Published on Monday 7 August 2017

The story of a mother with bipolar disorder and her daughter’s attempts to get her the help and support she needs, which explores the small, everyday ways that mental illness can affect relationships and families. The two leads are supported by three other actors who create physical manifestations of the intrusive thoughts that inhabit the mother’s mind – at times tender, at others terrifying – in a highly stylised manner, giving this piece an inventive, visually appealing feel. The acting from the young cast is terrific throughout, particularly Charli Corrigan as the mother, whose nuanced, taut delivery feels almost disturbingly authentic. Despite an unsatisfactorily tidy ending, this is a competent production, shedding a valuable light on the issues surrounding mental health.

Greenside @ Infirmary Street, until 19 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Gemma Scott]