Theatre review: No Strings
Theatre review: No Strings

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: No Strings, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett. ★★ Carolyn Duffin’s romantic drama about the illicit hotel room encounters between a married man and woman plays out predictably destructively, as Jamie and Shona’s supposedly “no-strings” arrangement eventually ties them inextricably together. Duffin plays nervous, downtrodden Shona to George Drever’s ageing …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: No Strings, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett.

★★

Carolyn Duffin’s romantic drama about the illicit hotel room encounters between a married man and woman plays out predictably destructively, as Jamie and Shona’s supposedly “no-strings” arrangement eventually ties them inextricably together.

Duffin plays nervous, downtrodden Shona to George Drever’s ageing lothario Jamie and acts better than she writes: the simplistic, exposition-heavy dialogue has the quality of a synopsis, as each character admits their exact personal traits, feelings and intentions at any given time.The script’s sexual politics and characterisation feel dated, and the piece fails to reach thelevel of raw emotion – or moral scandal – that it aims for.

The Space @ Surgeon’s Hall (53) Until 29 August

Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015

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