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Find Me (YNBA)

By | Published on Tuesday 27 August 2013

This teen production of a GCSE text focusing on mental illness is brave, but is ultimately let down by its execution. The seven actors switch roles constantly, each taking a turn as the bright, damaged protagonist Verity. This is an impressive technical exercise, and could have been proved highly resonant, expressing that mental illness can happen to anyone. But there are more than forty characters, and the end effect is simply to confuse and distract us, preventing a deeper connection. YNBA manage the play’s long expositional segments well, and their voice work is good. But the play itself is sketchy and overwrought, and the grim experiences of frightened, frightening Verity fail to hit home.

theSpace @ North Bridge, until 8 Aug, 6.15pm.
tw rating 2/5 │ [Gavin Leech]