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SAP (Atticist / Ellie Keel Productions / MAST / Mayflower Studios / 45North)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2022

Inspired by a myth, ‘SAP’ is a modern deep-dive into ancient themes of lust and fear. Rafaella Marcus’s accomplished debut play combines poetic metaphor with precise (often funny yet stinging) observations on feeling like a queer outsider in both straight and gay spaces. Jessica Lazar’s direction generates rippling laughter, then shuddering revulsion, while movement (Jennifer Fletcher) fans a roaring flame of intensity between performers Jessica Clark and Rebecca Banatvala. In Rūta Irbīte’s design, with David Doyle’s lighting, the floor becomes a cold mirror tarnished by footprints, then a pool of water, wine, and blood – dappled reflections spreading forest-like above. ‘SAP’ presents visceral experiences of bi desire, anxiety, and the scratching, gnawing creep of insidious biphobia – all depicted with ferocious veracity.

ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Bizz Holmes]

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