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Hole (Erin Ross)

By | Published on Monday 28 August 2023

Cassie lives in constant fear of a hole swallowing her up in this interesting take on Gen Z depression and imposter syndrome. Erin Ross is largely seated within the limited space, but curls up in, or paces the small stage to create a sense of claustrophobia that matches Cassie’s growing unease throughout the show. Sound design is used brilliantly here to create a presence of the hole, unseen by the audience but aurally oppressive. It’s refreshing that Drew Gill’s writing creates a fleshed out character in Cassie but there is a dissatisfying touch to her family backstory. Allusions to a violent brother are waded into but never explored fully, giving the play an unfinished feeling. Nonetheless, a charming piece of new writing.

Paradise at Augustine’s, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Louise Jones]