Wednesday 25 August 2010
An uncomfortable watch in more ways than one, for Lidless the audience is lined up on tiny camping stools around the walls of a brightly-lit white box. Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's punchy play won the Yale Drama Series Award in 2009 and plaudits from David Hare and it's easy to see why. The meeting between a Guantanamo Bay interrogator, Alice, who can't remember what she did there and one of her inmates, Bashir, who can't forget it, is fraught with tension and indignation.
Fifteen years after leaving the US Army, Alice, her memory fogged by pills, has rebuilt her life as a florist with a loving, ex-junkie husband and a teenage daughter in tow. When Bashir erupts into their cosy set-up, clutching an orange jumpsuit and demanding Alice's liver as payback, she and her family are forced to confront her transgressions.
Given a stylish production by High Tide, it's a little heavy-handed in places, but this is vital new writing from a talented new voice – just what you'd hope to find at the Fringe.
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