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Every Word Was Once An Animal (Ontroerend Goed)

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2022

The world’s first content-free theatre! This show floats in the air like a levitating yogi inviting you to ignore the empty space beneath. It’s hard to avoid spoilers, but safe to say that here you’ll find layer upon ever more meta-layers. Yet there is a show, there is content and there is funny and engaging theatre. Perhaps ponder how they achieve their effect only if you are thus inclined. The world-famous Belgian company Ontroerend Goed are Edinburgh regulars and this show takes their measured postmodern theatre to a new place. If it’s ‘about’ anything, maybe it’s what counts as deception in a world of artifice. That’s important but perhaps just enjoy this clever and funny meta-theatre for what it is.

Zoo Southside, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alan Cranston]