Dirctor David Hutchinson’s evocatively-staged adaptation of David Auburn’s touching play about trust and struggling with real and potential illness was riveting. When mathematical genius Robert dies after years of mental illness, his daughter and carer, Catherine, is left to grapple with her fear of having inherited the same tainted intellectual brilliance that plagued her father and to struggle against intervention from her sister and a former student of Robert. Holly Easterbrook gave a convincing performance in the tricky lead role, capturing the haunted yet gutsy Catherine perfectly. She was backed up by a solid support cast and the gripping non-linear plot; the overall combination produced a heart-rending piece of theatre that was thought-provoking and emotionally involving.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug, 2.00pm
tw rating 5/5 | [Emily Pulsford]