Peep (3 stars)

This article is from 2013


An intimate setting for plays about sex

This isn’t a review of a show. It’s a review of a venue and an idea. That’s the only way to talk about PEEP, a series of performances in a dirty black box in the middle of George Square.

The space is a white room with a panel of two-way mirrors around the walls, around which there are booths. You sit, alone except for a stool and some headphones, to peep through a mirror and watch the performers, none of whom can see you. Between various cabaret and live art routines, there are short afternoon plays, diverse in style and quality.

By far the best was Kefi Chadwick’s forceful La Petite Morte, the tightly-told story of a relationship in which sex is off the cards. It exploits the claustrophobia of the peep show performance space and its false sense of privacy for some perfectly uncomfortable viewing.

The absence of visible audience members is an intriguing proposition. Watching a sex play alone, where the performers can’t see you, is close to voyeurism. The best moments here are loaded with all of that clandestine act’s questions and problems.

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 26 Aug, 11am–11pm, prices vary.


  • 3 stars

'Through Keyholes of Flesh' is an intimate series of live art installations about sex and bodies, made bespoke for the PEEP venue. £2 a peep - for as little or as long as you want. Curated by Edinburgh's own live art collective ANATOMY.