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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