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Collapsible (Ellie Keel Productions and High Tide)

By | Published on Friday 9 August 2019

A young woman sits atop a concrete slab, several feet in the air. Rubble is beneath her, and dust shifts and falls from her perch with every movement. This is the setting as, with vivid magnetism, performer Breffni Holahan tells the moving story of Essie, whose life seems to be crumbling around her after losing her job and girlfriend. Written by Margaret Perry, this is an emotional tale of disconnecting from your body, from those around you and of feeling as though you’ve lost yourself. Though the sudden change in style at the end felt anticlimactic and let the show down slightly, the otherwise intricate and well-crafted script is brought to life by Holahan, whose performance is an impressive tour de force. 

Assembly Roxy, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Izzy Cutler]