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Tourniquet 2013 (Abattoir Fermé, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, Drum Plymouth, Summerhall)

By | Published on Thursday 22 August 2013

A deep, mysterious rumbling echoes from the gloom, welcoming the audience into the series of somnambulant vignettes that make up ‘Tourniquet 2013’. As the stage picture gradually becomes clear, we are faced with three nude performers and a giant tourniquet system – the source of the rumbling- as though the performers are attempting to staunch the flow of blood from the very room itself. The hour and a half that follows, ushering us into the early hours of the morning, offers fleeting encounters with half-formed characters, eerie and abnormal beings, as they recreate their nightmare world onstage. A silent yet resonant production, ‘Tourniquet’ is a thing of startling beauty, a sensory deluge, that will leave you reeling.

Summerhall, until 25 Aug, 11.20pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Immi Calderwood]