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Free Time Radical (The Frequency D’ici / New Wolsey Theatre / Escalator East To Edinburgh)

By | Published on Thursday 25 August 2011

Following a world-changing tsunami, we’re told that London is submerged. Two survivors ration their food, play Monopoly and the guitar, while trying to cope with their losses: Jensen’s lost his wife; Ali, his mother. Mixing humour and surreal scenes, it at first seems that the two aren’t taking events seriously, but this is a subtle suggestion of later events in the play – a brave decision, as it may have lost the support of their audience. The relationship between the two strangers holds the play together, never seeming contrived; there are moments of synchronicity and jarring difference. A mostly engrossing hour, the last act doesn’t hold as tightly together as the first, but an attentive audience will follow it.

Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 28 Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 1.10pm (2.20pm), £9.00 – £12.00, fpp264.
tw rating 3/5