“It wasn’t personal, it was business”. Welcome to Newton Basset, and the slippery world of banking and borrowing that exorcises the community spirit of this forgotten seaside town. A tale of greed and family pride, this sharp, slick performance is particularly relevant in light of the struggling financial conditions today. The sparse set accentuates the cast’s skill at portraying every inch of the town economy’s gradual decline from tight-knit local shops to broken (but far from broke) businesses. This is a performance driven with flair, sensitivity and plausibility that is a privilege to watch. Subtly endearing and emotive, this is a poignant reminder not to forsake rustic roots for an imaginary Elysium of economic glory.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug (not 14), 4.00pm
tw rating 5/5 | [Ciara Knowles]