The Psychic Detective (And Those Disappeared) (3 stars)

This article is from 2007.

The Psychic Detective (And Those Disappeared)

Tech-heavy theatre in a truck

With the Scottish Arts council adopting ‘cultural entitlement’ as their current buzzword, local company, Benchtours’ solution to fulfilling funding criteria takes the form of a customised 40ft articulated truck, which, following its stint at the Fringe, will take to the road, bringing tech-heavy theatre to the masses.
When private detective, Patrick Bett, becomes the victim of a violent ambush and finds himself trapped on the fringes of reality, could a mystery woman, and the case she presents him with, pull him back from the jaws of death?

Staged in a cut-out square, as if on a TV screen, the audience takes on the role of spy as we peer through venetian blinds into the smoke-filled noir world of Bett’s imagination. Billed as the beginning of a trilogy, themes are planted yet unexplained and questions left unanswered in preparation for the next instalment. Clever use of projections and an exemplary portrayal of a genre will leave you mystified and eagerly awaiting Bett’s next adventure.
(Nicola Husband)

UdderBELLY’s Pasture, 0870 745 3083, until 27 Aug, times vary, £10–£12 (£9–£11).

The Psychic Detective (and those disappeared)

  • 3 stars

A darkly comic film noir, presented by Benchtours in a customised articulated lorry with their trademark visual style. Peer into the smoke-filled noir world of private eye Patrik Betts' imagination. Over 14s.

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