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XY (Papercut Theatre)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

XY features some ambitious new ideas, aiming to eradicate gendered characters from theatre. The frequently clever writing works best when it’s comic, less well when dark or abstract, which may be due to the fifteen-minute time constraints of each piece. Of the acts I saw, some were unable to fully shake off gender labelling. Others did, but only by becoming so abstract and confusing that the characters may as well not have been human. However, the talented actors did their best with material that varied in style and quality. A daily rotation of plays means that it’s hard to say what XY may hold for the future of the Fringe, except that it will certainly be interesting and intriguing.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug (not 12), 12.45pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Isobel Steer]