ED2011 4/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

2401 Objects (Analogue Theatre / Oldenburgisches Staatstheater / New Wolsey Theatre / Escalator East to Edinburgh)

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2011

A powerful and highly professional show. ‘2401 Objects’ followed the true story of a young man whose severe epilepsy led doctors to try out radical forms of brain surgery which, while curing his condition, left him with total amnesia. Frayed relationships are painted with distressingly close detail; the emotionally detached tone of suburban 1950s America is inflected with a lovelessness that is very compelling. Naturalistic acting is combined with unexpected moments of polished physical theatre that are as moving as they are unexpected. The show lags in its narrative sections – they have the feeling of material that had to be wedged in somehow – and a mawkish ending is a weak coda to an otherwise forceful piece of theatre.

Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 28 Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 4.40pm (5.55pm), £9.00 – £12.00, fpp307.
tw rating 4/5