Tinderbox

Smoke and Oakum Theatre

Greenside @ Nicolson Square

From 01 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Rating: ***

Review by Amy Yorston

The premise is simple: three activists meet beneath the bank of Rowland ARS determined to make a statement. They are interrupted however and their plan twists and turns in directions that they had not anticipated.

Husband and wife team Simon (Oliver Forsyth) and Kelly (Sadie Parsons) blame the bank for the liquidation of their business and the fact that their first child was still-born due to stress. Michael (James Barbour) on the other hand is a revolutionary with the ‘New Wave’ and is the brains behind the operation.

The idea that one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter is explored thoroughly alongside the question of who to target as everyone is part of the corporate machine through their passive acceptance of it.

Billed as a black comedy, however, the script doesn’t unfortunately provide many laughs, making me wonder whether it should have been even darker in content or even lighter to highlight the absurdity of the scary situation the characters find themselves in. As it stands it is between the two, neither hilarious nor particularly sinister.

There are confident performances from all of the cast (including Charlie Brixon as their hostage) but with a slow pace it lacks the spark to make it shocking or politically stimulating.