Theatre Uncut Week 3

Tim Price, Mark Thomas, TEAM, Kieran Hurley, Lewis Hetherington

Theatre Uncut

Traverse Theatre

On 19 August 2013

Rating: ****

Review by Philip Fisher

Theatre Uncut continues to present some of the most thought-provoking work on the Fringe continuing its twin themes of austerity making us right wing and Scottish independence.

For those that want to know more, the texts are published on 1 September, available without charge and during November the plays will be rights-free worldwide if anyone wants to put on their own performances.

Alex by Tim Price

Aided by actors Matt Bulgo and Jade Anouka, Tim Price has created a meditation on activism in a capitalist world.

A man and woman go on very different journeys. He has lost a high-flying finance job, while she has taken on the role of accountant to a tent-based group.

The common thread is his interest in the protest movement, although the lady’s story is more interesting, presenting a series of moral dilemmas around libertarianism and authoritarianism that can never be fully resolved.

Church Forced to Put up Gates after Font is used as a Wash Basin by Migrants by Mark Thomas

Phil Nichol plays a newspaper magnate and former pornographer in this comedy.

Immediately after hearing of impending ennoblement, he is kidnapped by foreign terrorists who attempt to make him tell the truth about his organisation.

Political bias and financial wrongdoing are implied in a story that the company is at pains to emphasise does not relate to the owner of a national daily, despite his similarities to the protagonist.

Tortoise in a Nutshell

The joker in the pack was a project set up by the TEAM. The outcome is a session of origami involving men escaping from cardboard boxes.

Amanda by Kieran Hurley

Amanda is a 43-year-old MSP played by Lesley Hart. As she lies in her luxurious bathroom, the politician has time to hark back to more revolutionary days and wonder how she attained right wing respectability.

The White Lightning and the Black Stag by Lewis Hetherington

This final piece looks at Scottish independence via an interrogation session. Questions are flung at Selina Boyack’s Anglo-Scot with the aim of teasing out answers on this vexed topic.

At the end, she tells a parable about that black stag of the title, the conclusion of which is that Scotland is likely to thrive on independence, while England may not have as much prosperity, if it does lose its northern neighbour.