Theatre review: Disorder
Theatre review: Disorder

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Disorder, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★★ Though entirely well-intentioned, Disorder is a rather remote and pretentious study of mental illness. Based on a true story, it charts the sad disintegration of a middle-class artist, wife and mother with bipolar disorder. Framed through the prism of a meeting with …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Disorder, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw

★★

Though entirely well-intentioned, Disorder is a rather remote and pretentious study of mental illness. Based on a true story, it charts the sad disintegration of a middle-class artist, wife and mother with bipolar disorder.

Framed through the prism of a meeting with her estranged teenage son, it strives, via fragments of memory, to articulate the manic highs and inert lows of her condition in self-consciously poetic terms.

The cast perform this material sensitively, but the device of characterising bipolar disorder as a string-pulling villain who verbally taunts its “victims” is borderline insensitive.

C Nova (Venue 145) until 31 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 12 August 2015

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