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Mine (Put The Book Down)

By | Published on Saturday 19 August 2017

A mother reels as the police tell her that her son has committed an – unspecified – appalling crime. We watch her interrogated by the police, ignored by her son, harassed by the press and the victims’ families, crumbling under feelings of guilt. How did this happen? What could she, should she, have done differently? The sole actor does a fantastic job conveying the protagonist’s conflicting feelings, as well as portraying the other characters (including a virtuoso performance of a support group, cycling through a dozen characters and accents in seconds). Yet the lack of specificity, though doubtlessly universalising things, also robs the play of some impact, as pivotal chapters of the story are elided for the sake of a lean narrative.

Zoo Southside, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]