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

Tech-heavy theatre in a truck


This article is from 2007.

The Psychic Detective (And Those Disappeared)

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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