An hour long, one man show about bodybuilding might seem something of a burden, resting on the not especially muscled shoulders of Finlay Robertson. He has only an austere stage with faded mirrors and a single chair to help him tell the story of Roland Poland, fat kid turned bodybuilding hulk. But Robertson can convey all of this; belying our senses we become convinced that an obese child and then a ripped athlete stands in front of us. This story of protein shakes and bench presses is surprisingly dark, looking at the extremes of the human body and the extremes that people will go to in order to fill a gap. The ending finishes us off with a final, uncompromising blow.
Underbelly Cowgate, 2-26 Aug (not 13), 4.10pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Lia Sanders]