We have heard of the hierarchies of abuse that are said to flourish in boys’ boarding schools, thus it seems a fitting location to explore the idea of evil. Unsupported by even a lighting cue, on a stage bare apart from a single chair, Jesper Arin performs as Eric in this adaptation of Jan Guiliou’s novel. Arin adopts the other parts as though it was Eric playing them but still acts them convincingly. The gruesome descriptions of punches and lashes make you squirm but are never used in a sensationalistic way. Ultimately the play refuses to simplify by providing any clear answers, leaving us uncomfortably pondering the questions it raises and wondering about the evil lurking in all of us.
The Bongo Club, 21-25 Aug, 1.00pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Lia Sanders]