Electric Theatre Workshop explore pressures of Instagram perfection and the rise of the far right in Britain
This article is from 2014.
In this high energy performance Electric Theatre Workshop dramatise the fallout from a drug-fuelled night. The script is a unique blend of vulgar realism and almost Shakespearean allegory.
With little dialogue, events are narrated by the young cast at high speed, and while this matches the raw emotion of the characters, the well crafted script is sometimes lost in the urgency of delivery. When the pace slows the acting can truly shine: Jasmine’s monologue about bulimia spoken through a megaphone is both heartfelt and poignant. The self aware actors manage to cover issues of drug abuse, rape, suicide, depression, anorexia and racism with equal intensity.
The exploration of the pressures of Instagram perfection and the rise of the far right in Britain roots what could have been a 90s drama in the current time. Skinhead Mole is a thoroughly convincing nutter, threateningly eyeballing the audience, and his easy persuasion of Zander that his troubles can be blamed on Muslims highlights a dangerous new peer pressure in young people’s lives. The explosive ending might leave questions unanswered but is a fitting end to such a high octane drama.
Summerhall, 560 1581, until 24 Aug (not 11), 7.45pm, £14.50 (£9.50).