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Three To See 2019: Dark Themes

By | Published on Thursday 1 August 2019

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three shows with dark themes.

Leave A Message | Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose | 31 Jul-26 Aug
“Two friends, Ed and Sarah, travel to the small bedsit where Ed’s father passed away just a few days earlier. The place is wretched, filthy and reeking of alcohol. They begin the unenviable task of trawling through the squalid wreckage before them… as they wade through the debris, pouring over the contents, the fragments of one lost life begin to coalesce, just as another starts to show signs of cracking. Will any of us be remembered for anything more than the mess we leave behind?” A comedy, believe it or not, based on the real life experience of performer Ed Coleman, and a poignant character study created with wit and honesty. Listing here.

The Burning | Pleasance Courtyard | 31 Jul-26 Aug (pictured)
There’s always darkness where witches are concerned, no matter what angle you’re coming from. If the witches really are witches, then they’re in league with the devil. And if they’re not real witches, then they’re being horribly persecuted for being women who won’t be quiet. Anyway, as you’ll guess from that preamble, this latest show from the excellent Incognito Theatre is focused on the lives of ‘witches’ and their hunters in a story through time, exposing the effects of capitalism and fear and the ages-old trade-off that women are forced to make between goodness and power. Their last two shows were brilliant, so I’m expecting great things from this one. Listing here.

Shine | Zoo Southside | 2-26 Aug
“Your daughter is missing. You are the only one who has not given up the search. You hear voices. They guide you. They also haunt you. Will you surrender to them? Or will you shine?” This is an immersive psychological thriller, created and performed by a real life couple, dealing with every parent’s worst nightmare, the mysterious disappearance of a child. The show uses binaural sound to create intensive stereo sensations, questions the reliability of the senses, and asks audience members to explore their own psyches. I’m totally intrigued by this, it sounds rather different and completely fascinating. Listing here.