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Mark Fisher
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Follow me @markffisher and @writeabouttheat I am an Edinburgh-based freelance journalist and critic specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications I write for include the Guardian, Scotland on Sunday and the Scotsman. I am the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: how to make your show a success, published in February 2012 and How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers published in July 2015. From 2000-2003, I was the editor of The List magazine, Glasgow and Edinburgh's arts and events guide. See my website for more information and comprehensive Scottish theatre links.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Elegy, theatre review


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). 

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