Three Jumpers (Unearthed Theatre)
By Francesca Peschier | Published on Friday 26 August 2016
Remembering that “the view is beautiful when the mist clears” is the key to good mental health, proclaims Unearthed Theatre in their Fringe debut. As three nameless men collect at a bridge barrier, intent on ending it all, they discover their collective despair all links back to one woman. The dialogue is not surreal enough to be comic, yet is far from naturalistic: Young Man 2 (Jack Hesketh) seems to talk entirely in phrases from a ‘Little Book of Philosophy Quotes’ . There are some over-emotive performances here, but the real issue is the insensitive script, which plays with themes of mental health but ultimately roots these young men’s depression in concrete cause and effect.
Greenside @ Infirmary Street, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Francesca Peschier]