China Vase, The
This article is from 2006.
War is not a subject that lacks for theatric interpretations - the current invasion of Iraq is taking up its fair share of Fringe performances. However, this play places Britain’s military adventures in an historical context, as we view four soldiers fighting together in the Somme, World War II and in Iraq. All four, reluctant, soldiers react to the wars differently and the result is a portrait of the pressures of army life. The viewing is sometimes uncomfortable, and while this can be a point in its favour, there are aspects of the plot which are not helped by having to cover three periods of time in one go, which is the main downfall of this play. (Richard Johnstone)
Zoo Pleasance, until 28 Aug (not 14 & 21), 2.45pm.