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Viewless (Cumbernauld Theatre Company)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

As a man gathered ‘No I.D. State’ petition signatures at the beginning of this year’s Festival, the issue of surveillance crept its way into the Fringe. Illuminating the Hill Street Theatre with this topic is the well-versed Cumbernauld Theatre Company, known largely for their adaptation of Iain Banks’s ‘The Wasp Factory’. Upping their game in this surreal political thriller, director Ed Robson uses costume tricks and projected images to explore the dreary uncertainties and etherealness of witness protection. As two office workers assign jobs, lifestyles and quirks to new members of the programme, the audience finds itself thrown into a world of illusion, doubt and mystique in this nimbly realised and darkly beautiful exploration of government observation.

Hill Street Theatre, 5 – 29 Aug (not 10, 17, 24), 6:30pm (7:45pm), £7.00 – £9.00, fpp309.
tw rating 4/5