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Show 6 (Secret Theatre Company)

By | Published on Tuesday 12 August 2014

In a show specially written for the Secret Theatre Company, Mark Ravenhill weaves a dystopian alternative reality. A spoilt, affluent young brat inadvertently ignites a mystery after ploughing into a “chav” while “monged”, and from there things just get darker and weirder. The three actors speak entirely in truncated, staccato sentences, missing out key nouns in a manner that takes some getting used to. As the aforementioned brat, actor Steven Webb carries the show. He seems to really understand the material, and his witty delivery helps keep things grounded when the play’s gimmick threatens to overwhelm it. The script style does get wearing, and the pacing is odd languorous one minute and rushed the next but it is grimly compelling.

Summerhall @ Roundabout, until 14 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]