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Concerned Others (Tortoise In A Nutshell)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2023

Scotland has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in Europe. Thus starts the show’s (commendably accurate and informative) Fringe programme entry, and something we should all hold in our minds. This visually strong verbatim theatre piece seeks to explain the causes and consequences through multiple voices and images. Not so simplistic as to propose an ‘answer’, it instead, gives voice to the many who consider the ‘moral model of addiction’ part of the cause. Defining addicts as simply feckless or weak can permit politicians and policymakers, perhaps us all, to ignore the complex deeper issues involved. This technically highly accomplished show did not quite seize me in the way I expected but is nevertheless something of a ‘must-see’.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alan Cranston]