Theatre review: Twin Primes
Theatre review: Twin Primes

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Twin Primes, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★ Not so much a play as 11 mini-dramas featuring the same two actors, Twin Primes is remarkably dextrous in its twists and turns. Some scenes are little more than sketches, others are allowed much longer to find their feet: a woman …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Twin Primes, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield.

★★★

Not so much a play as 11 mini-dramas featuring the same two actors, Twin Primes is remarkably dextrous in its twists and turns. Some scenes are little more than sketches, others are allowed much longer to find their feet: a woman telling her unconscious husband a few home truths; a pianist confronting his former music teacher. Some are particularly intriguing, like the awkward meeting in a hotel of a man and the woman he has recruited online for a very disturbing purpose.

Actors Alexander Stutt and Katie Piner keep up the swift pace, plunging straight in to each encounter, ducking and diving through the different characters with panache. Many of the scenes feel like excerpts from larger dramas which go on after this vignette is finished, though the connection of the scenes to prime numbers remains a mystery.

One gets a sense of Read as a confident young writer, capable of quick-fire dialogue and adept at verbal manoeuvres, not afraid to make her characters rude or tactless, or show less than the best of themselves. One awaits, with interest, what she would do with an extended piece of drama.
Susan Mansfield

Greenside @ Infirmary Street (Venue 236) until 15 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 10 August 2015

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