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Damned (Aireborne Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 2 August 2013

The flyer for ‘Damned’ claims it “developed into an absurdist drama of its own accord”, but anyone familiar with Samuel Beckett will see that Jack Harrison’s play is highly influenced by this Irish playwright’s work. However, those unfamiliar with Beckett need not feel put off; the play is intended to be hard to follow, strange and esoteric for the audience. It depicts the conflict between Hansteg and Alteg in their attempt to control Etranger. While Hansteg believes Etranger must be taught logic, Alteg holds that Etranger must develop his imagination. The structure of the play is intensely repetitive, and this factor, combined with the intimate space, make this a claustrophobic experience. However, the dialogue is witty and sharply performed, and the set design is imaginative.

C nova, on Aug 2-26 (even dates only), 1.20pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Michael Black]