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Home Is Not The Place (Annie George)

By | Published on Monday 8 August 2022

This one-woman show charts the lives and journeys of writer-performer Annie George’s family, telling a series of sweeping stories, ranging from India, to London, and back again, before culminating in Scotland. This is fertile ground, and the performance is packed with fascinating experiences and anecdotes. And yet, somehow, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. There isn’t a clear narrative running through it, and the stories bounce back and forth between fragmented voices. At times this becomes hard to follow, and it’s easy to lose track of which generation we’re following, of which family-member is speaking. This temporal dislocation is alienating. Perhaps that’s intentional, but if so, it’s ill-considered, as it weakens the impact of the play.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]