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Attempts On Her Life (Paper Chains Theatre Company in association with On The Verge)

By | Published on Thursday 11 August 2011

Sum up the twentieth century – that’s what Martin Crimp attempted to do with his experimental 1997 script. Addressing pornography, ideologies, terrorism and suicide, the ambitious work is here dealt with by a young cast who handle it sensitively. The ensemble make it look effortless, performing with extreme professionalism and commitment; particular praise is due to to the two drunks who had some audience members exchanging disapproving glances from the moment they took their seats in the auditorium. The script is powerful, yet so shockingly discomforting that at times you feel the need to leave; some might even see the 14+ age marking as too liberal. On leaving the theatre, I felt unnerved – a play hasn’t made me feel like that for some time.

Greenside, 5 – 12 Aug, 4.25pm (5.55pm), £5.00 – £6.50, fpp239.
tw rating 3/5