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Chorus (Machinist Theatre)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

Great concept: play about students performing Classical plays in a field, and finding parallels with their own personal dramas. For Greg, left behind by an ambitious girlfriend, there is Antigone – all about love foiled by duty. For Ozzy, whose friend’s drug habits are scaring him, The Bacchae – about hedonism destroying the hedonist. And for Sarah, whose husband has cheated on her, Women of Trachis – which is usually about vengeance, but here, best of all, the troupe break down, refusing to live out the old, ‘pretentious’ tragic story. Unfortunately, their delivery is halting, occasionally overdone, and the student part of the plot relies on dodgy devices – a broken chair and a distressing phone call. But admirable still.

Greenside Theatre, until 17 Aug, 1.45pm.
tw rating 3/5 │ [Gavin Leech]