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Gazing At A Distant Star (Greenwich Theatre)

By | Published on Saturday 19 August 2017

Absence lurks at the heart of this raw, bleak play. Each of the three protagonists tells their own story of loss; each of them – the disappeared and those left behind – feels the loss of something important: literal, figurative, existential. The three discrete stories intersect only fleetingly, grazing against one another almost at random, conveying the maddeningly unpredictable vagaries of human life, even in a tightly structured dramatic form. Stark, antiseptic props – white tables, white chairs, white cups, phones, pens – only enhance the nihilistic sense of erasure and emptiness. Yet, despite this abyssal void, the play finds hope in its heart, ending with a slender glimpse of hope: everybody wants to be found.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andy Leask]