Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Effects of Solitude, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett
The physical and psychological impact of social isolation comes under the microscope in this solo show about a scientific research project.
Alex – played by writer Noni Townsend – submits to an ethically dubious experiment in which participants are deprived of human contact for four weeks, and observed under laboratory conditions.
It’s a disturbing premise that succeeds in unsettling, by arguing that many people’s hold on sanity is surprisingly fragile and could easily break.
But Townsend’s performance of Alex – beginning on an immediately neurotic and trembling note – doesn’t convey the characters’ journey sufficiently to pull her audience into her spiralling mental state.
Sweet Grassmarket (venue 18), until 30 August, 2:05pm
Published in The Scotsman on 25 August 2015
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