Theatre review: Broken Biscuits
Theatre review: Broken Biscuits

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Broken Biscuits, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ Two best friends, torn apart when one’s son gives his life to save another’s in Afghanistan. While Rita sits crying behind her front door, drinking wine and downing pills, Maggie speaks to her from outside through the letterbox, trying to persuade …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Broken Biscuits, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott.

★★★

Two best friends, torn apart when one’s son gives his life to save another’s in Afghanistan. While Rita sits crying behind her front door, drinking wine and downing pills, Maggie speaks to her from outside through the letterbox, trying to persuade her to let her in.

It’s a well-conceived and tense situation, with an innovative set, which has the potential to offer an insight into whether or not we’re ever able to forgive in the most difficult of circumstances. However, while Leanne Martin and Jane Hogarth give strong performances as the warm-hearted Maggie and the traumatised Rita, unrestrained emotional outbursts take precedent over a more nuanced exploration of their relationship and what’s happened. Trish Duffy’s writing has the energy and heart of a good soap, but Maggie’s awkward attempts to jolly Rita up don’t always ring true. Some oddly judged juxtapositions between cheery pop music and high drama create an uneven tone, and while a bold conclusion is undeniably tragic, it’s unclear what we’re supposed to take from this, other than horrible things happen in life and the best will in the world can’t always make them any better.

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

Published in The Scotsman on 28 August 2015

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