Theatre review: Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity
Theatre review: Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett. ★★ One of the less sensitive shows tackling mental health at the Fringe, this madcap comedy explores the mind of a man who hallucinates a pair of troublemaking arsonists. Institutionalised for his symptoms, the patient sits through a series of …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Billy Barrett.

★★

One of the less sensitive shows tackling mental health at the Fringe, this madcap comedy explores the mind of a man who hallucinates a pair of troublemaking arsonists. Institutionalised for his symptoms, the patient sits through a series of farcical therapy sessions in which his imagined companions wreak havoc and disturb the boundary between delusion and reality.

The performers have quick comic timing and a dizzying energy, but the script settles for cheap laughs over psychological insight. There’s a briefly touching turning point when our hero considers a lonely life without these visions, but it’s too little, too late.

C Nova (Venue 145) until 31 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 27 August 2015

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