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The Endling (Strange Futures)

By | Published on Monday 8 August 2022

It is notoriously hard to get us humans to focus with any seriousness on the destruction of nature around us. This show seeks to engage by asking how we might feel if we were the last of our species: ‘endlings’. For me, it was only partly successful, sometimes pushing ‘the facts’ too directly, undermining gentler but potentially more powerful storytelling. The physical movement on stage was excellent, with some fine representations of animals and clever use of music-hall routines. Whilst the patter was sometimes over-repetitive, there was a fine short routine on the folly of human exceptionalism which Peter Singer, the philosopher and animal liberation guru, would surely love. I enjoyed it but felt it needed further shaping.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 19 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Alan Cranston]