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Solstice (Solstice Productions In Association With Birnam Arts)

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2013

There’s an outsize corpse on the floor of a Highlands cabin, and those who put it there are awaiting the cover of darkness to move it. Darkness that isn’t coming, because it’s the longest day of the year. This is the situation facing Gemma and Will in this tense, thickly layered play, which, behind its veneer of dark humour, is a haunting exploration of responsibility, madness and damaged childhoods. The question of why the dead man was killed is gradually answered during the production, but the play’s real power lies in an unexpected succession of revelations around the two protagonists’ relationship, and the disturbing yet moving portrayal of a woman driven to the edge of sanity. Absorbing, thought-provoking theatre.

Assembly Roxy, until 26 Aug (not 12, 19), 1.45pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Sarah Richardson]