ED2011 2/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Samira (The Open Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2011

Promising a delicate display of live theatre and video scenes, this play sadly disappoints. It follows the central character Samira as she is interrogated after her initiation of a terrorist attack, and while the ambitious marrying of Samira’s live on-stage responses with pre-recorded scenes occasionally hits the emotional mark, it often veers into melodrama. Additionally, these video scenes hinder the audience’s ability to relate to the other characters, as they appear too detached from anything happening on stage. It is also a shame that in the live scenes Samira can only react to pre-recorded questions, as there are glimpses of strong acting that could have worked better with on-stage presences. The concept is all that proves intriguing, while all else falls short.

C soco, 4 – 29 Aug (not 15), 3:55pm (4:55pm), £7.50 – £10.50, fpp295.
tw rating 2/5