ED2021 Theatre Reviews

Deserted Shores / Negative Photographs (GalataPerform)

By | Published on Friday 13 August 2021

Written by Fredi Çetin and directed by Yeşim Özsoy, ‘Deserted Shores / Negative Photographs’ follows one woman’s imagining of a dinner party that never happened. The forty minute play was designed during COVID-19 specifically to be filmed and shared with audiences all over the world, and uses a combination of video, sound, performance and installation elements which make for an intriguing piece. Performed in Turkish with English subtitles, this poetic monologue plays as the characters go about the dinner party and find themselves at several other locations. The nature of this, coupled with the lack of action on screen, can start to feel a bit monotonous. That said, although occasionally a bit stilted, the production is still a thought-provoking exploration of memory and loss.

Fringe Online – Fringe Player, until 30 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Bethan Highgate-Betts]