Moving story of a flight from persecution ++++=
The last time Douglas Rintoul was in Scotland was to direct a revival of David Greig's *3Europe*2 at Dundee Rep. There's something of the flavour of that migratory play in this powerful production for the internationally minded Transport company, as actor Jamie Bradley tells the story of a refugee traversing the no-man's land of empty train stations, border crossings and bomb-blasted towns, a man wanted neither by his own country nor anyone else's.
Based on true stories of homophobic persecution in Iraq, Elegy is a compassionate study of a man enduring brutality, fear and exploitation. He is no more guilty of sin than a left-handed man in a right-handed world, yet his repression becomes so extreme he can scarcely articulate his reasons for fleeing even to himself.
Staged simply and strikingly in a white-cube gallery space on a long bed of discarded clothes, like the shadows of so many human lives, the play avoids the tub-thumping obviousness of some human-rights drama in preference for Bradley's vivid storytelling with its clever interweaving of narrative strands and understated humanity. (Mark Fisher)
Whitespace, 226 0000, until 28 Aug (not 16, 23), 8.30pm, £10 (£7).
© Mark Fisher 2011
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