Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Some People Talk About Violence, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock
None of the violence promised by the title is manifest in this show from Barrel Organ, back at the Fringe after their acclaimed debut Nothing made their name in 2014. Alumni of the same Warwick University milieu which created the excellent The Beanfield elsewhere on this year’s programme, Some People Talk About Violence wears its political influences more lightly.
Arranging four performers in a row on stools and having them step forward for vignette-sized scenes and games, writer Lulu Raczka and director Ali Pidsley’s cheerful good humour takes time to build into something more powerful.
There is a young brother who lives abroad, rendered with excitable, overwordy authenticity; his sister, dismayed at and dismissive of everything, even her religiously-watched Big Bang Theory, who commits a crime of unspecified seriousness; a mother whose grip on her role is slipping and a fourth man whose part becomes clear – well, clearer – at the end.
They play word association games and have biscuit-eating contests, and dance frantically to Ke$ha (chorus: “we’re gonna die young”) at the audience’s request, and their story builds as a series of disconnected monologues which hint at a growing, awkward sense of alienation.
Summerhall (Venue 26), until 23 August, 10:40am / listings
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