Greedy Scratchers (3 stars)

Travel through time

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This article is from 2007.

From stone age to space age, this piece examines human life through the ages by focusing on one family. Beginning as homo sapiens relying on primal instincts, like sex, food and power, the piece explores how humans have evolved physically, emotionally and technically throughout the ages.

The play looks at how power has shifted through time, from having originally belonged to the mate, then passed to the husband, then the King, then minister, then scientist, concisely capturing the transition of power within society. Sex is another recurring issue. It begins as a primal urge, then love making, then becomes obsolete thanks to test tube babies. The young couple are unable to conceive throughout time; it’s not until science intervenes, taking sex out of the equation, that she is able to get pregnant. The female’s father becomes impotent and is cured by Viagra, thus exposing how even sex becomes controlled by science. It’s a clever piece, which uncovers our science-led society but at times attempts to cram in too much. (Greer Ogston)

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 20), 3.30pm, £8–£9 (£6.50–£7.50).

This article is from 2007.

Greedy Scratchers

  • 3 stars

Play examining human life through the ages by focusing on one family. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.'

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