Theatre review: Patriots
Theatre review: Patriots

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Patriots, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★ For all its apparently noble intentions, this muddled jigsaw fails to deliver. Via a dizzying array of clips from US television channel Fox News and a connecting monologue from the grief-stricken lover of a campaigning journalist, Patriots posits itself as a nuanced …

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

★★

For all its apparently noble intentions, this muddled jigsaw fails to deliver.

Via a dizzying array of clips from US television channel Fox News and a connecting monologue from the grief-stricken lover of a campaigning journalist, Patriots posits itself as a nuanced attack on the two-way perils of extremism.

Do journalists have the right to expose and destroy hypocritical power-brokers, if that causes suffering to innocent people (journalists included)? Or are they collateral damage in the larger scheme of things?

These are interesting questions, but it feels more like a series of black-out skits loosely contrived into an unsatisfying whole.

Paradise in The Vault (Venue 29) until 22 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 12 August 2015

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