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Dreamland (Hyperdrive Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 16 August 2018

The moral of ‘Dreamland’ is almost astonishingly facile: the financial industry is bad, as are those who ruthlessly pursue money at all costs. Well, duh. Coupled with inconsistent characterisation, it’s clear why the play drags, despite its relative brevity. The trading floor interludes – complexly choreographed movement set to a migraine-inducingly discordant soundtrack – are effective, and the main highlight. Sadly, the ear-splitting volume of the music renders the mid-sequence monologues all but inaudible. There are a few moments of humour, some improvised, but the tone jumps around as unpredictably as the stock market. When it limped to its inevitable end, I was left wondering what the point of this play was, and why they bothered.

Zoo Southside, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andy Leask]