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Blood At The Root (Penn State University)

By | Published on Friday 22 August 2014

‘Blood At The Root’ is a production by Penn State University, dealing with themes of race, sexuality and high school tensions. The beautifully choreographed piece uses dance, beatboxing, singing and poetry, as well as traditional theatre. Opening with a wonderfully written poem, delivered by the entire cast, this really sets the tone of the piece. The cast is strong and all the performances convincing. The play covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time, but it intricately weaves the different strands of the story together, and the simple set allows the stylistic choices and the storytelling to remain the main focus. ‘Blood At The Root’ is a well put together production: engaging, emotive and well worth a watch.

Assembly George Square Theatre, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bethan Highgate-Betts]