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The Shape Of The Pain (China Plate, Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe)

By | Published on Friday 25 August 2017

This artistic and scientific collaboration is an innovative new production, seeking to dissect the nature of Complex regional pain syndrome. Based on director Rachel Bagshaw’s experience of the condition, this one-woman show (performed by Hannah McPake) discusses the nature of a constant, physical pain that has no apparent cause, and is difficult to articulate. This inexplicability is explored through inventive and highly experimental soundscapes, projections and lighting design, which merge throughout to create an immersive, visceral experience that, at times, is deeply perturbing. However, the narrative begins to stagnate and ultimately, although it is interesting, I was left feeling emotionally numb. Nonetheless, this is an important show, which tackles a multitude of complex notions, and will certainly raise questions.

Summerhall, until 26 Aug
tw rating 3/5 | [Amy Bonar]