You could say that this is a play about Paul Renner: German typeface designer, creator of the ‘Futura’ font, and exiled by the Nazis for his political ideology. But this radical work from writer Sean Gregory is about much more than that; it’s about modernism, instability, change, and liberty of expression through language and art under threat of censorship. We are handed the play’s script – an urtext if you will – but the actors toy with it, embellish it, run with it. The fourth wall is smashed with gusto. This is also a play about the conflict between the traditional and the modern, and the power struggle between Gothic and Roman typefaces. Most importantly, this is a remarkable piece of theatre.
Summerhall, 6-18 Aug, 5.30pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Colette M Talbot]