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Roughs (d’Animate Theatre Company)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2013

Taking on not one, but two Samuel Beckett plays in a single hour is no small task. ‘Rough For Theatre I’ depicts an unlikely friendship forged out of a common desperation for human contact, swiftly followed by ‘Rough For Theatre II’, in which two businessmen calmly discuss the suicidal man perched on their window ledge. As is standard with Beckett, it often slips in and out of the surreal, which in such a short show can lead to confusion, particularly if you’re not familiar with the plays. Adam El Hagar and Michael Rivers’ somewhat clumsy use of props is countered by their infectious enthusiasm for performing. ‘Roughs’ is a vibrant and ambitious – though ultimately confusing – performance.

Zoo Southside, until 26 Aug, 4.35pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Sophie Nicoll]