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The Flood (Badac Theatre Company / Escalator East To Edinburgh)

By | Published on Friday 22 August 2014

There can’t be many shows where the audience is in constant danger of being splattered with real blood. Badac Theatre Company, though, pull no punches and throw around plenty of raw meat in their visceral exploration of the nightmare of the trenches. It’s a gruelling assault on the senses, where thunderous noise alternates with softly-spoken snatches of heartfelt dialogue between a nurse and her soldier sweetheart. In the cramped, abattoir-like space the atmosphere can feel overwhelming at times, but finely-tuned performances save this from being an unbroken deluge of bleakness. Make no mistake, this starts out difficult to watch and only gets harder, but it’s a powerful expression of the indescribable horror of war.

Summerhall, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]