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Last Resort (2Magpies Theatre)

By | Published on Saturday 19 August 2017

Sip your rum cocktail, stretch out on your deckchair and enjoy the sand between your toes – you’re in the luxurious Guantanamo Bay resort. Operating out of a grimly apropos basement, Eve Parmiter and Tom Barnes create a dark, absurd world with a multi-sensory experience, augmented by thorough research into the subject matter. Barnes plays a boyish, enthusiastic new employee at the resort being shown the ropes by Parmiter, whose superficial jolliness carries enough of an undercurrent of menace to make you nervous that something unpleasant is going to happen (yep). ‘Last Resort’s master stroke is allowing the audience to get involved with the moral questions it poses: a tense debate, with something nasty at stake, was one of the show’s best moments.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jon Stapley]