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Victim (Bruised Sky Productions)

By | Published on Sunday 20 August 2017

Perhaps it is unfair to compare ‘Victim’ to last year’s predecessor, the superior ‘Villain’, yet there are myriad similarities and connections between the pieces, both stylistically and within the plot. This time the one actor plays two parts – an uptight prison guard, and a malevolent, manipulative inmate – and she does so with aplomb, each character wholly distinct, her very features seeming to shift as her voice, accent and body language alters. There is a weighty sense of inevitability in the plot, the audience fearing the unpleasant climax before it comes to pass, yet despite this growing, gnawing fear the play lacks impact. It is an interesting representation of human frailty, but it doesn’t say much about it.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]