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When it Rains – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Writer: Anthony Black

Dramaturg: Christian Barry

Director: Anthony Black

Reviewer: Michelle Haynes

The meaning of life, the meaning of meaning and the chances of fateful happenings that occur along the way is something that has been pondered almost since life began. 2b Theatre Company poses these thoughts to us in their existential play, When it Rains. The trivialities of our daily activities and arguments; loneliness; escapism and our endless reach for peace are all brought to the forefront of our minds through visually captivating projection and an amusing yet austere storyline.

From the offset the audience is faced with a computerised voice, devoid of any emotion explaining the minute details of the lives of the four characters all connected to each other through family or relationships. The story unfolds as heartbreak and arguments ensue and one, Anna embarks on a spiritual yoga filled and bindi wearing journey to reach enlightenment.

Comical yet nauseatingly bleak, When it Rains is a delightful commentary on the meaning of our lives. The use of projection makes a feast for the eyes as well as the ears and creates a world of silhouetted social satire. All four cast members are engaging and believable with Pierre Simpson as Louis, a particular comical high point. It is clear that the piece has been rehearsed to perfection as the action coincides with the projected images flawlessly. At times however, the piece did feel as though it was the plot of a well-known sitcom and the pace could be said to drag a little, yet the acting, projection and sound pulled it up to produce something deeper. Largely the show captures the questions we all ask ourselves in times of both happiness and sadness and deftly depicts a well-crafted image of existential escapism; definitely one to catch at this year’s Fringe.

Runs until 23rd August

Writer: Anthony Black Dramaturg: Christian Barry Director: Anthony Black Reviewer: Michelle Haynes The meaning of life, the meaning of meaning and the chances of fateful happenings that occur along the way is something that has been pondered almost since life began. 2b Theatre Company poses these thoughts to us in their existential play, When it Rains. The trivialities of our daily activities and arguments; loneliness; escapism and our endless reach for peace are all brought to the forefront of our minds through visually captivating projection and an amusing yet austere storyline. From the offset the audience is faced with a…

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Silhouetted social satire

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