Theatre review: Islands
Theatre review: Islands

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Islands, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ It’s no mean feat, to take two married, upper middle class representatives of the most supposedly self-absorbed vocations an already entirely self-absorbed person might choose and not just throw them together on stage, but to make them human and relatable. Of course, …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Islands, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock

★★★

It’s no mean feat, to take two married, upper middle class representatives of the most supposedly self-absorbed vocations an already entirely self-absorbed person might choose and not just throw them together on stage, but to make them human and relatable. Of course, many might snigger at the lack of self-awareness present in luvvyish book PR accounts executive Sophie (Eva Tausig) and philandering hedge fund manager Magnus (Kyle Ross, also the playwright) – and that’s kind of the point – as she peppers her conversation with words like “convo” and “adorbs” and he snortingly notes that the old flat he shared with his friend was called the “cad pad”.

Amidst such unmitigated awfulness, there is humanity, and that’s what works in the play’s favour From Magnus, sexually desirous but unsure of what it is that he really wants, and from Sophie, a tourist in her excitement at working on a book which she describes, rather horrifically, as being “50 Shades of Gray meets 12 Years a Slave”. Yet her job entails wearying sexism and sexual harassment from males above her, and this seems to inspire an awakening of fortitude, and perhaps even self-awareness. It’s a light and amusing piece which deals in very personal themes, and both leads – each of them playing it in their underwear – delivers with clear comic timing and vitality.

Underbelly (Venue 61)

Published in The Scotsman

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