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Wretch (Gari Jones / Mercury Theatre Colchester / Escalator East To Edinburgh)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

What makes people commit horrendous crimes? What drives us to do things we know we shouldn’t? According to Gari Jones’ confrontational solo show, it’s all down to the inner devil we inevitably possess. Combining graphic scenes of drug use and self harm, karaoke, illustrative animation and striking poetry, Jones takes us inside the mind of a man tortured by his past in a manner so convincing one cannot help but pity his doomed character. The balance between charming rogue and despicable wretch is stunning and more than a little frightening. Subtle this show is not, but it has a peculiar unsettling power which captivates and transcends the struggle of trying to follow the fragmented narrative. Not for the nightmare-prone.

Gryphon Venues at The Point Hotel, 22 –  29 Aug, 8.20pm (9.20pm), £6.00 – £8.00, fpp189.
tw rating 3/5