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Dust (Milly Thomas)

By | Published on Tuesday 8 August 2017

Alice is dead. She killed herself, yet she’s still here – narrating with grotesque detail the anatomical changes of her body, seemingly unaffected as she recounts the responses of loved ones, all funeral plans and muted grief. Comparisons to recent hit ‘Fleabag’ seem inevitable, with Alice’s emotional detachment and sexual honesty. Milly Thomas’s performance is utterly compelling, as she plays several characters all seen through Alice’s dispassionate eye. The lighting and sound are also used to superb effect here – throbbing, squealing beats and stark white beams, while the sparse set reminds us of a mortuary, and fits perfectly within the exposed arches of the venue. This is a brave, honest look at the ways suicide affects those left behind.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Gemma Scott]