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The Basement Tapes (Zanetti Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 14 August 2018

Stella Reid plays a girl sorting through her dead grandmother’s stuff. There’s a lot of it, because gran found it hard to let things go (she didn’t even have a bin). Stuck between curiosity, boredom and listlessness, the girl whiles away the time by acting out little scenes with the objects. And then she finds the tapes. When she begins playing them, the play turns swiftly from funny to spooky. It’s often the case in creepy stories that, by the time we hear them, the actual details of the horrors feel a bit disappointing – even banal. That’s the case here, but Reid’s superb performance and the drama of the unfolding mysteries nonetheless make for thrilling, skin-crawling fun.

Summerhall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alexander Hartley]