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Fiji (Clay Party & Conflicted Theatre)

By | Published on Monday 15 August 2022

Twenty years ago Armin Meiwes killed and ate Bernd Brandes, who wished to be eaten. I see why a playwright might want to get their teeth into this, but before the show I puzzled over how they might serve it up on stage. The ‘Fiji’ answer is with (mainly) delicate good humour, deliberately leaving the audience free to ken the sheer horror of it. The show does attempt an understanding of the motives of the participants, through the device of a ‘love partner’ questionnaire and a couple of strongly written scenes, but it’s a near-impossible task. The result is as much as anything an unsettling comedy of manners but it’s still a highly engaging and excellently performed piece of theatre.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alan Cranston]