Glue

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (comedy): Glue at TheSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53). Review by Sally Stott.

“Which lucky Scotsman critic will spend 90 minutes watching ‘three short plays about sperm’?” my editor tweeted last month. Me, as it turns out. But while that description might make it sound like a bad parody of the worst Fringe show ever, Rory Platt is actually a much more interesting (and versatile) writer than that – albeit one who finds inspiration in strange places.

It starts off with a Margaret Atwood-esque sci-fi story in which two women are taking an exam to determine their suitability for motherhood. It’s an interesting but somewhat confusing vision of a future in which male fertility has declined. However, the next piece – a beautifully performed Alan Bennett-style monologue delivered by a biology teacher (hence the sperm link), looking at how all the kids eligible for free school lunches have been priced out of the area, is a poignant critique of the modern-day education system.

Following this, a Brechtian-style comedy about two theatre-in-education actors playing a sperm and an egg evolves into a moving look at the way we are all just one in a crowd, identical to millions of others who, like us, all think they’re special.

Until 23 August. Today 2pm.

Originally published in The Scotsman

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