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In The Weeds by Joseph Wilde (An Tobar / Mull Theatre)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2022

This atmospherically staged show creates a sense of unease from the outset. Underlying the suspense and sexual tension there is a subtle interrogation of objective rationality, myth and the irreducible mystery of the natural world. In further layers, Kazumi, the marine biologist and monster hunter (Jamie Zubairi) is driven by gods and demons of his own, whilst the watery Coblaith (Carla Langley), an unworldly outsider in her island community, is sometimes startlingly earthy. At times I felt the storytelling could have been leaner but two strong performances maintain a mood of threatening strangeness throughout. Deservedly part of the Made In Scotland showcase, this exploration of the unknowable is a piece that I would happily see again.

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