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Complex (My Complex)

By | Published on Monday 17 August 2015


Watching a fifty-minute monologue, directed entirely at a laptop screen, I felt disengaged. This one-man drama is about a Skype interview for an unknown, mysterious job, but the motive behind the performance is also a mystery. It’s as if it’s some sort of catharsis for the actor, rather than an experience intended to move an audience. Yuuya Ishizone, the writer, director and actor of the piece, emotionally gives a lot, occasionally injects a little humour and exposes dark truths about his character; but overall it feels like exposition with no reason or resolution. Perhaps its aim is to alert people to mental heath issues. However, the lack of solution or narrative left me unaffected.

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, until 22 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Stephanie Withers]