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Games and After Liverpool by James Saunders (Blind Elephant)

By | Published on Sunday 13 August 2017

‘After Liverpool’, the first of the two plays performed, is a slight affair, a rapid montage of scenes featuring interchangeable couples struggling to communicate. Though ably performed, when one character noted that “it’s all been said before”, I couldn’t help but agree. Luckily, the second play, ‘Games’, is far superior. A clever, self-aware deconstruction of the theatrical process, it keeps bringing ideas and insight to bear, only to subvert its own sincerity as the actors break character, playfully critiquing their line-readings, and their meaning and impact. It circles back on itself, delightfully toying with audience expectations, and with its own existence, or lack thereof. A little self-indulgent, perhaps, but a lot of fun.

Underbelly Med Quad, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]