Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Consumption, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott.
You are what you own in this very well directed, energetically performed and imaginative exploration of the endless consuming of goods and people that we’re all encouraged to do. Taking place in a cold, contemporary and faceless street, it follows everyman city worker Sebastian as he attempts to keep up with his new girlfriend Penelope’s expectations that they will buy evermore expensive products and holidays.
There are some amusing little one-liners in the dialogue, and the cast of characters, while broadly drawn, create a vibrant impression of a place where everyone’s got time to shop, but not to care for one another. However, it’s the movement pieces, exceptionally well put together by director Lorraine Cushnie, that really stand out, with the performers working as one to evoke a group of people’s lives spent flitting between the office, retail outlets and parties.
The characters – not so much rich as representative of society failing to get its priorities right – could be developed. As tensions rise, some of the performances tip into overacting and could do with being toned down. A stronger ending is also needed, but for a young company it’s an impressively accomplished piece.
theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39) until 28 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 19 August 2015
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