‘NOLA’ takes statements from eye-witnesses to the Deep Water Horizon disaster and the ensuing oil slick and stitches them together into a documentary play. The talented cast bring multiple characters to life with real skill, infusing them with personality and emotional punch, aided by the authenticity of the verbatim transcripts. However, this verbatim nature of the play makes for a lack of narrative drive, resulting in a slightly dry tale of the disaster that would have been improved by a central story. Two years on from the spill, this play tells a bog standard tale of human cost and corporate greed that could have applied to any disaster, which is a pity, as the performances deserved better.
Underbelly Cowgate, 2-26 Aug (not 14), 3.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Bell]