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Banksy – The Room In The Elephant (The Sum With The Tobacco Factory Theatre)

By | Published on Monday 19 August 2013

Our hero is unceremoniously evicted from his water tank home when Banksy decides to use it for an artistic political statement about homelessness: and so, aided only by projections, a shopping trolley and a toy rat, he tells his story. Played by Gary Beadle, the character is witty and understated, and the frantic dialogue often slips into poetry which helps build a surprising and powerful conclusion. This new script, based on a true story, is written by Tom Wainwright and raises issues surrounding ethics and art. How acceptable is it to make art at the cost of another person? Is it still art? And where is our real life protagonist now? An intriguing afternoon performance, full of questions.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 13, 20), 1.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Sophie Nicoll]