Theatre review: The Last Kill
Theatre review: The Last Kill

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Last Kill, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett. ★★ A soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress is haunted by memories of Afghanistan in this touching, if a little conventional, solo show. Writer and performer Gary Quinn brings an angrily raw humanity to the character of Michael, whose bathroom is blown …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Last Kill, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett.

★★

A soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress is haunted by memories of Afghanistan in this touching, if a little conventional, solo show. Writer and performer Gary Quinn brings an angrily raw humanity to the character of Michael, whose bathroom is blown apart as he recalls bomb-blasted deserts, where bored and sexually frustrated young recruits have only “sun, sand and your right hand” for company.

An uncertain accent and a few too many military clichés prevent The Last Kill from viscerally conjuring the conflict zone or offering a fresh perspective on the human cost of the so-called “war on terror”.
Billy Barrett

Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209) until 29 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 13 August 2015

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