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Ticker (Fight in the Dog in association with United Agents)

By | Published on Saturday 10 August 2019

Spencer sits in a cafe, smartly dressed, but sporting a black eye. He’s there, he tells us, to meet his girlfriend, Gabi, who he is madly in love with, and proceeds to fill us in, drawing a detailed portrait of Gabi’s character and of their relationship. Along the way, he introduces us to more of his friends and family in the same way, each depicted with their own distinct voices and personalities. As Spencer begins to unravel, it’s apparent that all is not well. Written and performed by Fringe regular Tom Machell, ‘Ticker’ is excellently presented with simple but effective staging, and offers a truly arresting exploration of grief, mental health and toxic masculinity, balanced by dark humour and punctuated by unexpected twists that keep you guessing.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Daisy Malt]