Hangover (3 stars)

This article is from 2009


The morning after the night before

A play based on a hangover is something that many people could relate to. While at first appearing to follow some generic conventions relating to alcohol abuse (one-night stands and donor kebabs feature heavily), it becomes clear after a while that this is no ordinary hangover, and that there are some very real repercussions to our main character Danny’s drunken haze. With some gentle encouragement from the mysterious second character, the story of the night before the morning after begins to unravel.

Touching on some wider social issues -- most notably the effects of domestic abuse and alcohol misuse -- the play attempts to understand the drinking culture which affects so many lives in Scotland. Understandably, this makes for some incredibly serious moments from the pair of actors, impressive use of lighting adding to the intensity of the sincerest moments in the play, and building to a powerful emotional twist at the end.

More than just a crass glorification of a serious issue, the play makes a genuine attempt to tackle the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption, both for the individual and the people surrounding him, in a tale that will resonate long after the final curtain.

The Zoo, 662 6892, until 31 Aug, 4.10pm, £7 (£5).


  • 3 stars

'Just because you can't remember, doesn't mean it never happened.' The hangover to end all hangovers. Riddled with paranoia over last night's drunken escapades, Danny's mind develops an imaginary character who unravels the evening he would rather forget... www.hangovertheplay.com

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