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Whistleblower (ImmerCity Ireland)

By | Published on Friday 2 August 2013

‘Whistleblower’ is almost excellent. Almost. The audience are the jury in the trial of a fictitious, Edward Snowden style whistleblower. We hear from the punctilious prosecutor, an impassioned activist, and the accused himself. The verdict lies in our hands, and it is here that the company make their only misstep. Having skilfully, sensitively explored the ins and outs of this complex issue, the play’s facilitator instructs us to discuss our verdict before casting our vote: to mull over these complex issues publicly, with complete strangers. With an uninhibited crowd it may work, but in this performance, what followed were five uncomfortable minutes of awkward silence. With a little tweaking, though, the currently very good ‘Whistleblower’ could be something really special.

C nova, until 26 Aug (not 12), 4.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Leask]