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Mustard (Sunday’s Child / Fishamble / The New Play Company)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2022

The Colmans fortune was apparently made on what was left on the side of the plate. I feel a bit like that mustard when it comes to my response to this show. That’s just me, of course, but I did not warm to this one. Eva O’Connor is an undoubted talent; this was a virtuoso piece, combining extended storytelling with demanding performance art. But I felt left out: I could follow the story but not grasp the motivation. Mustard as a metaphor but for what? Madness, addiction, pain from parenting or partners? Probably all of those but it still felt a bit like an exercise in conceptual art. Though it kept my full attention, and you may relish it more than I did.

Summerhall, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Alan Cranston]