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Bashir Lazhar (Wishbone Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 14 August 2011

Bashir Lazhar’s world is a classroom, bedroom and crime scene. First and foremost, however, it is a chalkboard upon which he scrawls lessons in literature, language and life. He writes French everywhere – on walls, in doorways, even on his own chest – his behaviour seeming mad but in fact fastidiously scripted. A recurring image is of the butterfly emerging from its cocoon: as new words replace old, a student undergoes a sensitively choreographed transformation, and we all become tattooed with dark caterpillar memories and light butterfly hopes. Even if the French words prove to be a barrier, keep your eyes firmly fixed on the chalk, or else you’ll miss the unravelling of a very clever script.

Assembly George Square, 3 – 28 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 2.25pm (3.25pm), £9.00 – £12.00, fpp241.
tw rating 4/5