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Holes by Tom Basden (The Invisible Dot Ltd)

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2013

Maybe it’s just me who read “secret location” and “3 hours 45 minutes” expecting a magical mystery tour. ‘Holes’, whilst an incredibly well-written play containing some of the finest comic performances in Edinburgh, is just that, a play; and it’s in a room, not a spooky cave. In this piece ollowing four plane crash survivors, Basden’s command of words is sublime. Excruciatingly recognisable personalities are shaped with precision. However, the ending does feel rushed. The seating in the secret location too is not great, but, provided you can see the stage, the performance is the kind of stuff you’d like to bottle up and slather yourself with when you’re having a terrible day. The disappointingly unnecessary jaunt out of town kills it, if you’re hankering for adventure pop up Arthur’s Seat instead.

Secret location, until 25 Aug (not 19-22), 3.00pm and 6.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Holly Sharp]