The Events (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

The Events

Photo: Stephen Cummiskey

David Greig play looks at the aftermath of an atrocity

Claire is a priest who leads a choir that welcomes vulnerable individuals. One eventful day a gunman bursts in during practice and kills several of the group. In the aftermath Claire attempts to understand what has happened.

In David Greig’s latest work for the stage he deftly brings a local choir into the performance, weaving their songs between scenes which explore Claire’s anger, confusion and grief. The Events is technically accomplished, with excellent performances from its two leads. Rudi Dharmalingam, in particular, is convincing playing the culprit, Claire’s psychologist and a local politician to name a few, opposite Neve McIntosh’s traumatised priest.

The choir, whose repertoire ranges from traditional hymns to a rendition of Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Bonkers’, adds emotion and at times a much-needed delicacy to the play. But overall Greig finds little new ground here, posing the same questions so many artists and writers have explored before, yet struggling to find new emotional or intellectual insight. This isn’t helped by the tragicomic tone which, instead of adding poignancy, here appears to prevent the piece ever reaching it.

Traverse, 228 1404, until 25 Aug (not 12, 19), times vary, £18–£20 (£6–£15).

The Events

  • 3 stars
  • Directed by: Ramin Gray
  • Written by: David Greig

David Greig's new play about the aftermath of a mass murder..