The Man Across the Way (3 stars)

This article is from 2007.

Guilty until proven otherwise

Police are being given more money to conduct surveillance on suspected terrorists and the public are being asked to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. It is understandable in the context of the war on terror but you have to wonder whether, as is suggested in this piece, we are in danger of persecuting the innocent under the guise of creating a safer world.

Following a bombing in Glasgow, the police are conducting a surveillance operation on a suspected terrorist, but are their suspicions justified or are events in their private lives clouding their judgement? This piece is highly topical in the wake of recent events at Glasgow airport, but it raises too many questions which remain unanswered, leaving a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Characters are underdeveloped and too much has been left unsaid, suggesting that, with a bit more work, it could be the beginnings of a better, full-length piece. (Nicola Husband)

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The Man Across the Way

  • 3 stars

Glasgow-set thriller that looks into local police responses to the war on terror. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

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