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Voluntary Departure (Vagabond Productions)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2013

“Welcome and goodbye. We guarantee to serve thee well”. A rather sinister advert for a rather sinister business: providing services for those determined to commit suicide. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is ‘just’ a comedy though: this play is ultimately a dystopian tale about a sinister near-future, about alienation and the changes in human values. The conversation between the business’s persuasive owner and a potential customer develops towards quite a surprising end. Granted, the dialogues are a bit tedious at times and the script is in serious need of an edit, but the acting is sharp and enjoyable. And if you’ve ever sat through a tedious Fringe show wishing you could just end it all, this might be the show to change your mind.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug (not 12, 19), 12.10pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Iris Ordean]