ED2011 2/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

The Moon Under The Water (Z Theatre Company)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

In both content and execution, this devised show makes for uneasy viewing. The content – what happens when people drink to get drunk – is not for those in search of sweetness and light. The show is not without comedy and the occasional affecting moment, but overall it fails to realise the potential of its chosen subject. The self-conscious and inconsistent production results in the show lacking focus and depth; there are too many characters and consequently too little character development – the personal narratives which should carry us through the show are never sustained. The piece merely skims the surface of the challenging issue of Britain’s binge drinking and, when the humour has fallen away, leaves only the most nebulous impression of excess.

theSpace On Niddry St, 8 – 18 Aug (not 14), times vary, £3.00 – £5.00, fpp282.
tw rating 2/5