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PLEASE LEAVE (a message) (ClusterFlux Collective)

By | Published on Monday 21 August 2023

How would you convey a warning message for generations millennia in future, across all language barriers? ClusterFlux Collective’s new show ‘PLEASE LEAVE (a message)’ captures the difficulty of communicating man-made dangers to the masses, and how easily these can be mythologised or disregarded. The staging is incredibly interactive, with performers using a handheld camera to direct the audience’s attention in an ever-diminishing physical space. The central conceit focuses on the controversial dumping of nuclear waste under Yucca Mountain, but the piece feels broadly catered to climate anxiety. The murkiness around this wider anxiety and our need for distraction works almost too well, with karaoke sequences completely undermining the fear of imminent environmental danger. The overall impact is one that unsettles, light humour piercing our anxiety only temporarily.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Jones]