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Dangerous Giant Animals (Christina Murdock)

By | Published on Wednesday 8 August 2018

When Kayla “tantrums”, her only comforts are the videos Claire shows her of innocents getting mauled by dangerous giant animals-lions, sharks, tyrannosaurs. But Kayla’s disability can turn her and Claire into dangerous giant animals too. The events of one August night, when Claire lost control of herself while trying to restrain Kayla, is the spectre at the centre of this play, haunting all of Claire’s other poignant recollections. But disability and care are also plumb lines revealing the depth of the girls’ humanity. Christina Murdock is an able performer with great potential, sadly somewhat under-supported here. Straining against static blocking and a canned-pathos soundtrack, she never fully connects with a text that is baggy in places.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Alexander Hartley]