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Published on

August 29, 2016

REVIEW: Scorched, Zoo Southside, Edinburgh Festival ✭✭✭✭

By

markludmon

Scorched at the Edinburgh Festival at Zoo Southside

Robin Berry Scorched

Zoo Southside

Four stars

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Sand literally runs through everything in Scorched, a play by Lisle Turner based on conversations with his grandfather. Evoking an elderly man's traumatic memories of desert warfare, the sand covers the floor, it falls from the ceiling, it fills everything. And, like sand shifting in the wind, the play presents fragmentary episodes drawn from the former soldier's past, tangled up and confused through the distortion of dementia.

Sat in a chair in a nursing home, Jack takes us inside his confused mind with moments from the siege of Tobruk in 1941 as well as his colourful life as a boxer, horse wrangler and river warden. With its expressionistic structure, it lacks a tight narrative drive and sometimes slows but it is held together through a moving, masterful performance by Robin Berry as the veteran, Jack. What also sets the show apart is its staging, with inventive use of props and visual effects such as a tattoo that comes to life and a town created out of shortbread and, again, sand. Directed by Claire Coaché, Scorched is a powerful play that captures the horror of war and the disorientation of dementia.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SCORCHED AT EDINBURGH FESTIVAL AT ZOO SOUTHSIDE

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BritishTheatre.com
Opening Night Media Ltd
3rd Floor, 80 St. Martin’s Lane
Covent Garden
London WC2N 4AA

The British Theatre website has been established to celebrate the rich and diverse theatrical culture of the United Kingdom.  Our ethos revolves around encouraging and nurturing the performing arts in all its forms. The spirit of theatre is very much alive and the British Theatre website is at the forefront of delivering news and information to audiences and enthusiasts everywhere. Our team of theatre journalists and reviewers are working hard to cover productions and news.


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