Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Jim at The Space @ Jury’s Inn (Venue 260). Review by Sally Stott.

There are so many plays about dying fathers at this year’s Fringe you could quite happily (or, more likely, unhappily) cry your way around Edinburgh for days on end. But since there is nothing more unsettling than a reviewer giving a drop-by-drop account of every tear dripping from their nose to their notebook (except, perhaps, an over-enthusiastic description of graphic sex) I’ll assume you can imagine how you’ll feel watching a show captioned “Two sons prepare to say goodbye”.

Winner of the Scottish Daily Mail Drama Award for graduates to take a piece of work to the Fringe, David O’Connor’s semi-autobiographical play, based on his own dad’s death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), looks at how warring brothers Ben and James learn to appreciate one another after losing their cantankerous father.

An awful illness, COPD gradually sees the sufferer losing the ability to breathe and, through solid performances from Andrew Seddon, Nick Leonard and Zulehka Maynard-Brown, we’re giving an insight into its effects on one family. A small but moving story of dealing with death, grief and “non-survivable” illness, it’s a piece that ends up championing how even the most divided of families can come together at difficult times.

Until 23 August. Today 2:05pm.

Originally published in The Scotsman

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