ED2013 2/5 Reviews ED2013 Theatre Reviews

The Walls (UCLU Runaground)

By | Published on Tuesday 27 August 2013

A bit like a stick of rock, this new work shows the scars of female mental illness and institutionalisation in each century it slices through. Mapping generations of women on to one another, each branded hysterical and committed to asylums, UCLU Runaground create an intriguing dialogue between different unspoken stories in a damning account of the way mental illness is treated. Yet, whilst peppered with some raw and poignant moments, this production ultimately lacks any significantly new or insightful material and paces fairly well-trodden and even clichéd ground. Very drawn-out and long-winded it’s a real pity such genuine artistic intentions couldn’t have been moulded into a more unique and punchy production.

SpaceCabaret @ 54, until 17 Aug, 3.25pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Katharine Wootton]