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Double Drop (Dirty Protest Theatre)

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2022

In this exuberant show Eisteddfod meets rave with chaotic comic effect. We meet Esmi, reminiscing about her rebellious youth and lost friendships – and the Eisteddfod, though she’s still critical of the pressures it can impose on children. But in the hilarious and sharply observed central scenes, a drug-inspired catharsis takes younger Esmi to a fuller appreciation of cultural tradition. With equally abrupt revelation, she also starts to see her mother more clearly and become more able to return her love. Mirain Haf Roberts is joyously effervescent as Esmi and well supported by the role-changing Emmy Stonelake. At times I felt there could have been more variation of pitch though I loved the music from 9Bach and wanted to hear more.

Summerhall, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alan Cranston]