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Yuri (August012)

By | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2016

Yuri Ed2016

I’m a fan of the anarchic, of the wilfully illogical, but ‘Yuri’ was a little too much even for me. It uses its bizarre premise – a childless Welsh couple suddenly have a silent, possibly Russian, teenager thrust upon them – to raise some interesting questions. The pressure to have children, and the strain that can put on a marriage, segues into the myriad tensions and resentments that parents may feel towards their partners. And it’s funny too, for the most part, though some gags don’t land, and I found the implicit mocking of the mentally ill a little off colour. Mostly though, it was too incoherent, too bizarre for me; not quite a curate’s egg, perhaps, but certainly niche.

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tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]