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Hungry (Paines Plough / 45 North)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2022

Nurture your middle-class angst here! Compelling performances from Melissa Lowe and Eleanor Sutton, confidently directed by Katie Posner, largely overcome elements of Shavian didacticism in the script. As Lori and Bex, the performers manage any resultant implausibility with such skill and lightness of touch that you scarcely notice. Starting with some sharp and funny exchanges, the piece darkens to become a serious play with a point to make and then make again. It’s compelling rather than hectoring but the target is perhaps too easy for the play to do more than entertain a middle class given more to agonising than action. Standing ovation? Oh, I feel better now. My partner and I crept home and shared a bag of crisps.

Summerhall, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alan Cranston]