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The Bearpit (Kopfkino)

By | Published on Friday 11 August 2017

There is the heart of a good play here – both writer-actors deliver tremendous performances, and their searing exploration of the decay and acrimony in a relationship between two people, who are drawn together even as they are falling apart, has real potential. It is punctuated by silent, almost balletic vignettes that use intense physicality to symbolise the tension between Nic and Flora, building up like a static charge. Sadly, the decision to set this against the backdrop of an environmental apocalypse is a miss-step. I can see the symbolic parallels – we ignore climate change, as they ignore the cracks in their relationship – but it’s an unnecessary distraction that rings false and undermines all their other good work.

Zoo Southside, until 19 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andy Leask]