Theatre review: Detached
Theatre review: Detached

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Detached, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ Lucy (Sarah-Beth Brown) hasn’t always had the most fulfilling relationships, as she tells us in the introduction to this sweet but slight exploration of getting love wrong. Direct addresses to the audience are interspersed with the potted histories of three romances: one …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Detached, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters.

★★★

Lucy (Sarah-Beth Brown) hasn’t always had the most fulfilling relationships, as she tells us in the introduction to this sweet but slight exploration of getting love wrong. Direct addresses to the audience are interspersed with the potted histories of three romances: one with dancer Robyn (Mark Hobkirk), another with artist Ashen (Sani Mahmood) and the last with musician Daithi (Tom Moriarty).

Written by Brown and Moriarty and directed by Moriarty, it’s an attempt to explore ways in which we might sabotage our own chances of happiness, whether by seeking compatibility where it won’t be found, over-reacting to perceived transgressions or talking past rather than to each another.

The set-ups can feel over-determined and the dialogue is often on the nose, if not a touch hectoring. “Ask yourself if you have seized every opportunity to experience something new,” Lucy demands, but, let’s face it, that would just be exhausting.

Still, she doesn’t exempt herself from criticism and there is a touching sincerity to the whole thing, as well as a thoughtful attempt to explore each relationship through a different art form cleverly woven into the narrative itself. There’s an affecting openness to the performances too.

theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39) until 29 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015

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