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How To Bury A Dead Mule (Richard Clements)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2023

Richard Clements delivers a powerful performance in this solo show about the traumatic effects of war. Based on his late grandfather’s experiences – even containing a snippet of his voice at the end – the narrative flits back and forth between the years of war, and the aftermath, exploring his struggles to return to domesticity, and his ravaged mental health. The simple staging is effective, and while one or two moments of physical theatre are less successful, the use of lighting and sound is sublime and profoundly affecting. Stories of war and trauma are, sadly, all too common, but the personal connection – the truth of it – and the committed performance help this stand out from the crowd.

Pleasance Dome, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Leask]