Theatre review: Jekyll
Theatre review: Jekyll

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Jekyll, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★ “BE YOURSELF,” and “I am what I am” say the signs on the wall. This radical reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in a sinister, stylised dystopia, which revolves around a controlling motivational speaker (Hyde), has a lot …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Jekyll, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott

★★

“BE YOURSELF,” and “I am what I am” say the signs on the wall. This radical reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in a sinister, stylised dystopia, which revolves around a controlling motivational speaker (Hyde), has a lot of atmosphere, but quite what the purpose behind it is remains more elusive.

While Jekyll’s journey to become assertive creates a loose narrative, the focus is more on the creating of an unsettling atmosphere, through loud uses of sound, sinister visuals and strobe lighting. Some audience participation feels awkward rather than insightful, and while the young cast give impassioned performances, the writing is too cold to create emotion.

C Chambers Street, until 31 August, 9:10pm.

Published in The Scotsman on 29 August 2015

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