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Penthouse – The Space on Niddry Street, Edinburgh

Writer: Ed Brody

Director: Kate Williams and Chris White

Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs

In the penthouse of a hotel a young banker plans to end his life after losing £1.8 billion in illegal trades. Before he does, he is going to have the ultimate blowout. It’s a good premise, but, sadly, his definition of ultimate blowout shows a lack of imagination that runs through the rest of the script.

The first part of his final evening consists of taking drugs delivered by his regular drug dealer, Drew, a wide boy who seems to have stepped straight out of an ill-conceived drama where stereotypes rule and character development is dismissed as irrelevant. Why banker Ewan would have him as a friend and someone he’d invite into his hotel room, rather than just buying drugs from him, is never explained.

The second part of his ultimate blowout is having sex with escort girl, Eloise. You begin to question the scale of his ambitions at this point. His inability to do this, as he fails to get an erection, takes the play further into the world of set piece clichés.

Throw in the return of the drug dealer, accompanied by another young banker, Danny, who is objectionable to the point of being unbelievable, ignore the likelihood of them taking a hint and realising that Ewan’s party was with the escort girl only, add in some questions about which of them has the most morally corrupt way of earning a living, have Danny’s view of Eloise take a nosedive when he finds out what she does for a living, and you have all you need for a play that is well-acted but almost totally lacking in depth. There is nothing about Ewan that suggests he realises the enormity of what he is about to do, and it is all far too obvious and unrewarding.

Runs until 26 August 2017 | Image: Contributed


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