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The Last Straw (People Show)

By | Published on Tuesday 14 August 2018

The blurb calls this show “a darkly comic take on fake news”. Maybe you will see that in here somewhere, but I didn’t. I just saw a series of scenes that didn’t connect with each other, set in a basement-like room strewn with shredded paper, in the centre of which is an imposing door. Two pale, ghostly actors engage in a series of conversations, sometimes speaking to each other, sometimes not. At one point there’s a story about squirrels being governed by bears. It’s so aggressively abstract, so stubborn in its refusal to give you any details as to who these people are, or the nature of their relationship, or anything at all about what’s happening, that it’s just impossible to care.

Summerhall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Jon Stapley]