Midnight Your Time
HighTide Festival Theatre/ Escalator East to Edinburgh
Assembly George Square
Diana Quick delivers an outstanding performance in Midnight Your Time.
The story encapsulates all the drama involved in mother-daughter relationships and the issues that cause tensions when the children have grown up and left home.
The one-woman show portrays an upper-middle class mother getting to grips with technology and using video calls through her laptop to stay in contact with her daughter who is working in a war zone. In a series of these messages which the audience can watch both in person and on a projected laptop screen, the details of their lives unfold. Some messages are sent, and others are deleted so the audience is privy to some words spoken in haste and regretted later.
Midnight Your Time is a simple and effective piece of theatre. The mundane realities of everyday life are told with a sprinkling of humour and are intertwined with some darker truths about family relationships. The mother is easy to empathise with yet at the same time the audience can see her flaws. The most poignant theme to emerge is that age-old question of can a leopard really change its spots?
Reviewer: Alison Burns