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The Pitchfork Disney (Gone Rogue Productions)

By | Published on Friday 25 August 2017

Philip Ridley’s modern classic features two siblings, infantilised after the death of their parents – living on chocolate and retelling the same, comforting stories over and over. Their safe, repetitive lives are challenged, however, when the brother’s imagination conjures up Cosmo and Pitchfork, two very intimidating, highly unpredictable characters. The writing is deliberately uncomfortable, by turns grotesque, tender and macabre. The young cast perform well, their acting visceral in the heightened intensity of the intimate staging, though the best interactions are between the siblings in the first half of the play. Unfortunately, this piece just isn’t designed for the Fringe. One hour and 40 minutes in a sweaty black box is just too long to fully hold my attention throughout.

C Royale, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5