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Island State (Quirk Productions)

By | Published on Friday 2 August 2013

Quirk Productions’ award-winning play certainly is quirky. Yet while this darkly comic two-woman performance is engaging enough, it never quite settles on a tone, or message, leaving me dissatisfied. Both actresses are very good, conveying their broadly written characters – the only survivors of a drowned Britain – convincingly, without straying into the pitfalls of caricature. They make the most of the tiny, claustrophobic studio space, really selling the idea of this tiny, ever diminishing island. I expected more from the premise, though, and it felt as though the script was struggling to say something meaningful about British identity – historically, politically, culturally – but it wasn’t sure what to say, exactly, rendering the whole thing inconsequential. Perhaps that was the point?

C nova, until 26 Aug (not 12), 2.05pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andrew Leask]