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Oh Gumtree (Blue Suit Theatre Company)

By | Published on Monday 10 August 2015


Schizophrenia is a much mythologised and misunderstood illness, and this representation is less than subtle, bordering on offensive. Five women (one with schizophrenia) are locked in together, and their stories and location are slowly revealed – highly derivative of Sartre’s ‘No Exit’. The unfolding is not dexterous: backstories are given in outbursts, scene division seems random and, while one plot involving savant twins is overly complex, another gives it all away in one throwaway line. The enigmatic cleaner-figure – whose story isn’t revealed – is the most interesting of the lot. Although the acting and costumes (1960s style, though it’s never clear why) are on point, the original script, adapted for the Fringe, is trite and crude.

C nova, until 22 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Lucy Diver]