Theatre review: Globophobia

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Globophobia at Sweet Grassmarket (Venue 18), reviewed by Claire Smith

There are some really stunning patches of writing in this home-grown Scottish drama about thirtysomethings struggling to grow up.

Globophobia is apparently a fear of balloons, but you could also say that the characters in this drama have a fear of becoming whole. Written by Dave Fargnoli and Lindsay Miller and directed by Amy Gilmartin, this piece is a deep, dark and interesting look at fear itself.

There is a doctor haunted by the misery and hunger of his childhood, a woman who is afraid of becoming pregnant, a girl who has lost her home and moved back in with her parents and a man who has lost his father.
The young cast is excellent and they all play their parts well, in language which captures the rhythms and the cadence of real speech.

What is lacking is a bit of structure and some theatrical finesse. The characters’ entrances and exits to the stage are ill-timed and clumsy and the stories are not sufficiently interlinked to keep the audience fully engaged.

But it is wonderful to hear such strong, vibrant language and such convincing and believable characters. There really is something special here.

Until 25 August. Today 8:20pm

More info: Globophobia is at Sweet Grassmarket

Originally published in The Scotsman

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