Blackout

★★★
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Published 12 August 2010

Produced with support from the Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Blackout is the story of James, a troubled young man who makes a series of poor choices and finds himself awaiting trial for attempted murder.

Blackout is effectively a stream of consciousness turned-narrative, and while this could have produced a one-dimensional piece of theatre.  But the team use it to their advantage, playing with points of view and getting into James’s head in a frightening way.

There are, however, too many scenes in which choreography feels gratuitous, its potential as a dramatic device becoming diluted by overuse.

This misjudgement concerning movement is a shame as it detracts from what is otherwise a gripping piece of new writing.