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Ruckus (Wildcard)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2022

Wildcard have done it again: like their sensational show ‘Electrolyte’, ‘Ruckus’ is a relentless and thrilling one woman show. It’s far from an easy watch, though, as we follow the story of Lou, who finds herself trapped in a toxic relationship, the subject of coercive control. Acknowledging that it’s an issue too little discussed or understood, the performer tells the audience to pay attention and notice the signs. Although it’s a very serious play, it has glimmers of humour, which stops it from becoming over intense. Jenna Fincken portrays multiple characters with ease, and quickly switches between times and places without causing any confusion. The music and lighting complements the acting while creating more tension and enhancing the setting. I guess the question still remains though: were you “really watching?”

Summerhall, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andrew Melrose]