No Obvious Trauma (4 stars)

  • 22 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Set in the 1930s, this is a simple story about lost love and forgotten history. It looks at the tricks our minds can play to appeal to our utmost desires. In it, the mysteriously silent Ruth turns up at a mental hospital for treatment where we follow her journey to recovery. Its strength lies not in the story, but with the style in which it’s executed. Words are kept to a minimum as the plot unfolds through puppetry, shadow shapes, music and movement, creating an endearing piece of drama. The set, made up of two moveable screens and a desk on wheels, is constantly on the move, sometimes without reason, which at times distracts from the otherwise beautifully told story. (Greer Ogston)

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