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A Family Beyond The Army (A Family Beyond The Army Charity Production)

By | Published on Saturday 31 August 2013

An intimate, emotional play examining the impact of armed service on the family members left behind, ‘A Family Beyond The Army’ is a powerful piece of theatre. The script walks a fine line between humorously emotional articulation and real life honesty with aplomb, while the cast turn in subtle, skilful performances. The central relationship between actors Mai Cunningham and Paul Innes is particularly well drawn; taking the audience through love, bitterness and regret without missing a step. The staging is a little awkward, with the separation of the actors at times limiting our ability to experience their interactions fully and there is no exploration of the choice to serve. Despite this, this proves an emotionally affecting, excellently acted play.

Sweet Grassmarket, until 25 Aug, 4.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Bell]