Captured (White Slate Theatre)
By Andy Leask | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2016
Sparse staging and projected photographs enhance the impact of this taut two-hander. The story of two ex-lovers reconnecting, one a photographer, the other his erstwhile subject, is wonderfully rich; the depth and texture to the characters is a testament both to the naturalistic dialogue and the actors’ committed performances. The big questions about art – can a photographer both chronicle a relationship, and live it? – are wrapped up in more pressing, more personal questions about Sophie and Isaac’s relationship: can he stop trying to shape her into his vision, can she stop worrying about how she is perceived? Gripping and moving, this play walks the artistic tightrope well. Like a perfect photograph it offers something both beautifully composed and emotionally authentic.
Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Leask]