Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Wasted, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd.
A brief cameo role in proceedings awaits those at the back of the queue who are herded straight on stage to be the dancefloor throng at the fag end of a night out – that slightly desperate last half-hour of the club when the need to neck drinks and the nearest face is accelerated. In the thick of it are Oli and Emma – she’s wasted so, by default, he must be the designated driver.
The rest of the night pans out as so many drunken one-night stands do, but that niggle about Emma’s inebriated state quickly gains traction the morning after when the issue of consent is fuzzily addressed and the nightmare really begins for our protagonists, questioned by police, harangued by friends and family and tortured by their own hazy recollections.
Serena Jennings and Will Merrick switch seamlessly between the multiple male and female voices weighing in on the drama but what chimes most poignantly is the horrified confusion of Emma and Oli, neither of whom can quite fight their way through the moral, legal and psychological quagmire by which they are both consumed.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 31 August
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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