REVIEW: Sap, Roundabout Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival ✭✭✭✭

Paul T Davies reviews Sap playing at Roundabout at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Festival 2022.

Sap Edinburgh Fringe

Roundabout at Summerhall
Edinburgh Fringe 2022
4 Stars
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Billed as a contemporary thriller with ancient roots, Rafaella Marcus’s powerful script is, indeed, rooted in myth and nature, contrasting with urban ugliness and violence. When a woman tells a lie to her girlfriend a seed is planted, one that brings disturbing, animalistic behaviour to her door.

The piece is superbly performed by Jessica Clarke and Rebecca Banatvolo, and at times it feels as if the script pays homage to Fleabag, cheeky asides, glances that tell truths, heartbreak. The pacing is excellent, and the subject matter connected with so many in the audience. Changes of tone are handled delicately and the emotional content is deep.

Played on a shiny surface, the actors themselves are reflected and rooted into the stage, the poetry of nature encompasses the auditorium. A confident, funny, disturbing and unsettling play well worth your Fringe time. It’s also her debut play, and what a future this writer has!

Aug 14-15, 17-22, 24-28

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