ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Unnatural Selection

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2011

Amnesiac vampires admittedly were not a premise that immediately thrilled or captivated me, but this grungy, slick, apocalyptically-tinged performance was certainly gripping. At its worst, it put me in mind of Twi-hard porn with depth, as an olive-skinned Edward Cullen figure brooded across the stage, playing the troubled romantic out for impassioned revenge. The styling was crisp if predictable, and the densely fabricated plot was weighted down by too much circumstantial politics. They create a richly detailed, cinematic, adrenaline-fuelled world, but it was a performance of overly ambitious scope. Though somewhat ill-suited to the stage (and, arguably, limited by it), this performance would make for a fairly saleable vampire novel – and God knows there’s a market for those.

theSpaces at Surgeons Hall, 5 – 27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 7.30pm (8.35pm), £5.00 – £8.50, fpp308.
tw rating 3/5