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ED2012 Theatre Review: Cancer Time (Instant Reaction)

ED2012 4/5 Reviews ED2012 Theatre Reviews

On an empty stage sit two boxes, each wrapped in a bow and each holding the fate of a character inside. It’s an interesting plot device in what quickly becomes an interesting and original show. This piece, which opens with brilliantly humorous scenes between work colleagues Iola and Mared, quickly takes a dark turn when one experiences a personal tragedy. As sweeping in its aims as in its appeal, the piece explores personal loss in the context of the mundane tragedy of modern society. Fantastic acting from both Alex Bull and Emily Rees ensures the audience is gripped throughout, while brilliantly comic moments contrast sharply with the underlying tragic themes. Unmissable.

Venue 13, 3-18 Aug (not 13), 1.15pm and 19-25 Aug, 2.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Charlotte Ryan]


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