Theatre Uncut

Traverse Café Bar

From 06 August 2012 to 20 August 2012

Rating: *****

Review by Philip Fisher

The final Theatre Uncut programme reprises two hits from earlier weeks, The Break Out by Anders Lustgarten and Spine by Clara Brennan. In addition, there were three new plays and a brief extract from the sentencing during the Pussy Riot trial.

As a reminder, this is all part of a project which culminates from 12-18 November at the Young Vic and potentially any other venue where devotees choose to perform these tiny plays.

The Birth of My Violence by Marco Canale, translated by Roberto Cavazos

Brian Vernel delivered a short monologue from Spain. This compares violence in film and theatre with real protest, suggesting that art is all very well but in Spain today more is needed.

Blondie by Hayley Squires

22-year-old Hayley Squires has penned an ironic comedy about the state of the nation. It centres on the perfect blonde, played by Emma King.

Taking a devoted country with her, she has become a kind of British Osama bin Laden creating terrorist atrocities but loved for her looks and attitudes.

Finally, Blondie makes some telling comments about the failings in our coalition-led country today.

The Naked Rambler by David Greig

David Greig has a reputation for being prolific but even he must have been challenged in writing a play that morning which was presented at 10AM.

Incredibly, The Naked Rambler is a very funny, surreal satire laughing at ludicrous laws that have made Stephen Gough spend 6 years in prison because he likes rambling without clothes on.

Two police officers played by Tam Dean Burn and Ashley Smith work in crimeless Dalgety Bay near to Dunfermline.

There, they encounter TNR and, having taken him in to custody, are faced with a series of strange events including the appearance of 40 more naked people and the disappearance of the local Tesco.

By the end, we are asked to wonder whether Scotland would not be a better place if we all regressed back to the stone age or, at the very least, Danny Boyle’s Olympic vision of it.