Take a trip into the sinister world of addiction: following Edgar through his memories, ‘The Gambler’ has a cinematic feel, with sharp changes of pace and a constant soundtrack of piano and violin. Each character seems completely fleshed-out, and the two actors transition smoothly between roles and ages, just like the atmosphere fluctuates between romance and tragedy. The personification of Edgar’s addiction and his conversations with her makes this performance not only an impressive piece of storytelling, but also a needling exploration of the nature of addiction. All the elements of this performance combine to create an immensely dynamic piece which will be certain to draw you right into a world where the casino is king.
Pleasance Dome, 1-26 Aug (not 13), 2.45pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Beth Dawson]