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Home (Temper Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 8 August 2023

Someone must have told them: enough. The sheer onslaught of music and noise, plus incessant movement, restless lighting and prop changes, means it’s tough to properly engage with this nonetheless slick five-hander from London-based Temper Theatre, which trades light and shade for the same sense of fraught intensity (and sensory overload) from start to finish. It’s a huge shame, because of the clearly intense work that’s gone into Temper’s tale of a young girl, a climate tragedy, lots of trauma and ultimate reconciliation (though in truth, it’s seldom entirely clear precisely what’s happening). ‘Home’ is a deeply frustrating show, one that clearly brings together breathtaking skills and enthusiasm from its cast and crew, but doesn’t seem to trust its audience to engage with simpler, clearer, stronger material.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [David Kettle]