Darkness Within (2 stars)

This article is from 2007.

A story of social outcasts

A young cast of three explore the bleak existence of three stereotyped characters; the nympho prostitute, junkie rent-boy and institutionalised manic depressive. By exposing each character’s inner-monologue in various situations within their lives, they attempt to create sympathy and understanding for these often overlooked members of society. They each tell their story and attempt to self-analyse with the help of a psychiatrist voice over. They pose questions to the audience, asking us to think about our own lives, encouraging us to imagine ourselves in their position. But the flaw with this piece is that it is hard to imagine the actors themselves have much insight into the plight of the characters they play.

The young well presented, well spoken and clean prostitute hardly stretches the imagination, nor does the equally squeaky clean rent boy. The action, which is poorly lit, is accompanied by an effective music score by Pete Kelly. Ultimately this piece fails to find its feet as a hard hitting psychological drama.

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Darkness Within

  • 2 stars

A young cast of three explore three stereotyped characters: the nympho prostitute, the junkie rent-boy and the institutionalised manic depressive. The action is accompanied by an effective music score, but ultimately fails to find its feet as a hard-hitting psychological drama. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

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