Bloom (2 stars)

This article is from 2014


Promising stories on origins let down by lacklustre storytelling and performances

Bloom is one of those shows that, on paper, looks like it should impress. Poignant subject matter, sparse theatricality and a good-old dose of storytelling should mark this out as one to watch. Sadly the performances fail to deliver. Robert and Abraham introduce themselves and the Glasgow City Mission where they’ve both been volunteering. On the first night there they heard stories from two men. Michael, from LA, is an ex-heroin addict and drug dealer starting life again after a stint in jail. Anthony reflects on his vibrant childhood growing up in Glasgow, and the family trials and tribulations that came with it.

The stories from these two men from opposite sides of the globe have provided a powerful starting point for this show, but the lacklustre and clichéd storytelling from the two performers didn’t do these tales justice. A sparse set does little to animate the tales, in the same way that the audio and visual enhancements do little to give it a boost. It could have been good, but in the end the only emotion present was subtle disappointment.

Underbelly, Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, Until 25 Aug, £10 (£9)


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