Zero Down (Angel On The Corner Theatre Company)
By Penelope Hervouet | Published on Sunday 14 August 2016
Late night shift, overworked and underpaid – three nurses in a seedy care home reach breaking point. In the staff room, tensions rise between them as their different backgrounds, opportunities and life aspirations clash. Unfortunately, the characters felt stereotypical, like Benni, who only displays anger and disdain, and hates “immigrants”, “students”, “journalists” – well, pretty much everyone. ‘Zero Down’ explores the interesting relationships between professional ambition, empathy and emotional rivalry, but it doesn’t explore them fully. The text in itself is sharp and well written, and the show did have some good moments during which characters revealed themselves, but only towards the end. Overall the performance was a bit understated, lacking the necessary dramatic intensity.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Pénélope Hervouet]