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Vessel (Fine Frenzy Theatre)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

‘Vessel’ combines moments of laugh-out-loud humour and moments of startling violence in this convincing portrayal of a family both torn apart and thrown together by their shared history. The play shifts seamlessly between past and present with never a moment of confusion. It is also a strikingly visual piece of theatre: between scenes, actors use rope, torches and their own bodies to create the illusion of an ocean-tossed boat, to the accompaniment of sea sounds. The characters’ lost brother, John, is represented by a jacket worn by various members of the cast at various times as the play works towards its startling conclusion. ‘Vessel’ is an absorbing and deeply memorable play, performed with elegance and flair – a must-see.

theSpace on North Bridge, until 24 Aug (not 11, 18, 25), 9.05pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Eilidh Johnstone]