Tone Clusters (4 stars)

  • 8 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

The Arches have shown no shortage of savvy in promoting young theatre practitioners over the years, and this piece by Neil Doherty reaps yet another theatrical reward. In this adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates, an elderly couple are quizzed by an electronic voice about their relationship with their son, an ostensible child murderer. Their desperate faith in his innocence is gradually undermined by an electronic voice which brings vast philosophical discourses to bear on two people living by forms of blind faith and prejudice. The machine wins the argument yet there’s an immense welling compassion for the couple, dwarfed as they are by the multimedia projections of alarming, sometimes cruelly satirical and sometimes menacingly inexplicable images on a screen between them. A powerful and thought provoking piece. (Steve Cramer)

Traverse, 228 1404, until 27 Aug, times vary, £12.50 (£4.50"£9).

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