ED2011 2/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Elegy (Transport / A Summerday)

By | Published on Friday 12 August 2011

This play stretches out and attempts to tackle some fairly harrowing and poignant issues, as performer Jamie Bradley uses storytelling and movement to tell us of the murder of a gay Iraqi refugee exiled in Syria. The message, however, is lost in stylised dialogue and monotonous elucidation. As Bradley travels through the story, he’s aided by occasional echoing sound effects from lone trucks to screeching alarms. Whilst being a noble attempt to escape from the predictable war-time narratives which dominate so much international theatre about the Middle East and Africa, the show’s over-production and pretentious composition eclipse its intriguing investigation. And ultimately, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed that it was merely a story and not a truer examination.

Whitespace, 4 – 28 Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 8.30pm (9.40pm), £7.00 – £10.00, fpp259.
tw rating 2/5