Burst (2 stars)

This article is from 2010.


Atmospheric as a whole, but the script lacks polish

This tale of a Sudanese girl forced into an arranged marriage in the wake of colonial independence sadly fails to sparkle. The plot is unnecessarily and clunkingly intercut with a rushed account of her uncle’s fatal foray into 1920s London, which is patchy and lacks proper characterisation. It’s atmospheric as a whole, but the script lacks polish: they’d have been better sticking to the far more compelling main narrative. Some talented performers here, but ultimately not enough to salvage a woolly and half-baked story.

The Zoo, 662 6892, until 21 Aug, 8.15pm, £8 (£6).


  • 2 stars

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