Painkillers (3 stars)

This article is from 2007.


Journey into the mind of a murderer

In Painkillers, Angela, a convicted killer, is interviewed by a journalist who is writing a book about women who kill. But after a turbulent start to their relationship, will the journalist ever get the information out of Angela that she needs or, more importantly, the truth?

At first glance they seem to be two very different women from very different backgrounds yet the more we learn about them the more similar they appear to be. The play questions a writer’s conflicting duty to the truth, the people they write about and the creation of a good story and highlights the need to focus on the consequences of your actions. Through clever use of projections only the audience is privy to fact, however, as Angela’s innermost thoughts are displayed. Yet even here the lines between reality and imagination become blurred. Unfortunately, stilted direction and poor casting gets in the way of an otherwise promising piece. (Nicola Husband)

The Underbelly, 0870 745 3083, until 26 Aug, 3.20pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).


  • 3 stars

Gripping but stilted two-hander about women who kill. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'

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