Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Dark Matter, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock
The stage design is authentic and Jessica Boyde and Mark Parsons’ lead performances are good quality in this play of two very different acts – as first a male politician and a female banker meet in an office during an unspecified breakdown of society, awaiting orders from their absent media magnate boss. Jump forward in time and they’re the eerily grinning Chancellor and First Lady of a new world with authoritarian birth controls, being interviewed on television.
Nicholas Cross’s script is often very astute – “elections are what’s left of power when the sharks have already feasted” is a choice line – but also somewhat flabby and obtuse in the points it makes.
Venue 13 (Venue 13), run ended
Published in The Scotsman on 29 August 2015
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