Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Scour, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock
There’s definite potential in this confident and truthful monologue from young Edinburgh playwright Rebecca Monks, and plenty to enjoy on its own terms. Not that enjoy might be the correct term for what the audience experiences, because the piece deals with a young man’s experience of contracting HIV in the most honest and relatable terms.
Aidan is full of life when we first meet him, although he can’t stop cleaning and sanitising his hands. We learn that he and his partner Grace both became infected while having a single sexual experiment with a third person, and the discovery is enough to send Aidan off to Skye to live in seclusion.
Actor Joshua Considine is an engaging and versatile presence, and he capably transmits the variety of emotional responses Monks’ considered words trigger; about the shame of having group sex involving a long term partner, the guilt of revealing such a diagnosis to loved ones, and the compulsive fear of infection and infecting which paralyses Aidan’s life even as he retains a vitality and potential which is well-expressed by Considine’s performance.
That’s what the piece is about, in the end; that, as Grace embraces and Aidan doesn’t, life-changing news needn’t be life-ending news.
Clouds & Soil (Venue 71a), run ended
Published in The Scotsman on 29 August 2015
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