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Encore (Histeria Teatro)

By | Published on Saturday 6 August 2022

Tortured rock star Jail Blue’s death by overdose is one to watch – a technically very good performance, and no mistaking it’s fake. It’s not news that too many stars die this way, alone. This portrayal rehearses familiar themes of emptiness and pressure leading to taking drugs for relief, but alas, it’s hard to care much about this death by misadventure. Jail’s encounter with a supposed journalist gives licence to tell her story but – whilst there’s plenty to applaud in the pair’s creative representation, enhanced by an electric guitarist’s renditions (a bit loud at times for the space) – they only scratch the surface. There just isn’t enough explored to get under the skin, or leave one wanting to know much more.

C aquila, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Catherine Meek]