Just

Ali Smith

Corelli Theatre Company

Assembly George Square Gardens

From 15 August 2016 to 21 August 2016

Rating: **

Review by Philip Fisher

Just was written a decade ago by award-winning novelist Ali Smith as a play for schools performance.

A young company from Corelli College has brought it to the Fringe and does its best to give its absurdity life.

It opens as Edie Friar playing young Victoria is accused by a far from bright policeman of murdering a stranger by a bus stop with an umbrella—very Cluedo. In fact, Victoria’s main crime is swearing incongruously and with tedious regularity.

A passing blindfolded women claims that she represents justice. For the next 50 minutes, aided by a rhyming chorus, they bat around the accusation until life and death repeat themselves.