Spaces (5 stars)

This article is from 2018


Unassuming dramaturgy that cracks open the intersectional experience

In a Fringe dominated by discussions of intersectionality and feminism, Spaces is a modest millennial meditation on mental health, mixed race identity, sexuality and spirituality that combines compassion and sensitive dramaturgy. Structured like a sketch show that slowly develops a series of personal stories, it is witty, intelligent and forceful, refusing to surrender to easy answers or simplistic stereotypes.

Following a group of students as they encounter the freedoms of young adulthood, the ensemble embody the desires and anxieties of the young adult: a panic attack is rendered through physical theatre; identity is discussed in counselling and confession; the importance of poetry and the internet compete while the protagonists piece together a passage through the perils of the personal and political.

The loose structure suits the stories, which don't resolve but ask serious questions, and the representation of diverse cultural and sexual orientations is sympathetic and thoughtful. Using minimal scenography, props and costume, Breathless Theatre have sketched the boundaries of a performance form that expresses intersectionality eloquently.

Sweet Grassmarket, until 26 Aug (not 14, 21), 2.25pm, £9 (£7).


  • 5 stars

Breathless Theatre Spaces discusses boundaries and the obstacles that affect our relationships, with a focus on friendships, romantic relationships and familial bonds. The show will explore how boundaries affect the ways in which we interact with each other, the questions we ask, the things we choose to hold back, and the…