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Wee Andy (Tumult In The Clouds)

By | Published on Monday 22 August 2011

Brutal in its simplicity, Paddy Cunneen’s play depicts a Glasgow almost devoid of love. It relays the events following a savage knife attack through the eyes of the victim’s mother and surgeon. Using rubber bands to represent Andy’s knife wounds, Cunneen creates an ugly and direct visualisation of the violence; a far more effective way of conveying the wounds than make-up. This directness bleeds into the rest of the play; straight addresses to the audience from Andy’s mother and doctor leave no room to escape the violence and horror of the situation. Despite their heightened poetic manner of speech, the characters feel real, and this is a reality which makes the closing act so shocking and terrible to behold.

Pleasance Courtyard, 5 – 28 (not 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27), 2pm (2.55pm) £9.00 – £10.00, 310fpp.
tw rating 4/5