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Candy Cigarettes (The Rat Pit and Hot Hail)

By | Published on Saturday 23 August 2014

Every so often the Fringe throws up something completely off the wall, and audiences leave wondering what they’ve just witnessed. ‘Candy Cigarettes’ is one of those shows. Bags of sweets, huge rat masks and strange odours are meant to evoke nostalgia through an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ context… but really what emerges appears more experimental drama student on hallucinogenics than enjoyable theatre. The concept of evoking nostalgia sounded like a good one but it just didn’t come across; there was little connection between elements and quite frankly, those rat masks are beyond creepy. If I was to find one positive of this bizarre hour it’s that the acting was largely okay, but what exactly they were meant to be acting, I will never understand.

theSpace on the Mile, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Stephanie Gray]