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Meek (Headlong)

By | Published on Saturday 11 August 2018

A devout, patriarchal state in a dystopian future may sound like a rehashing of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, but ‘Meek’ is no knock-off. Like Penelope Skinner’s other play at this year’s Fringe, ‘Angry Alan’, ‘Meek’ explores our obsession with the Internet and how desperate we are for ‘likes’ from faceless followers. This is a compelling, atmospheric production from Headlong, with energetic performances from all three actors, which poses complex questions about loyalty, betrayal and sacrifice. Although on the play’s personal level the plot twists are a bit obvious, the way it relates to the wider political landscape is chilling, asking us to consider how we confront human rights violations overseas and whether we care enough to elicit any real change.

Traverse Theatre, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Marni Appleton]