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Human And Other Things (Namat Theatre Company)

By | Published on Friday 2 August 2013

This is a serious attempt to bring a story inspired by Egyptian literature to a wide audience; unfortunately it has ended up being inaccessible and may therefore struggle in its aim. There are allusions to Egyptian writers, but they will be hard to spot for those unfamiliar with Egyptian literature. A woman and man are trapped in a flat against their will. Both appear to be victims of political oppression, which has somehow left the man paralysed and turned the woman to terrorism. But the viewer is not given enough to be able to grasp the cause of the man’s paralysis and entrapment, or see the motivation for the woman’s terrorism. Meanwhile the dialogue does not always sound exactly like English, while the acting feels forced.

C nova, until 10 Aug, 5.30pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Michael Black]