The Complex – Oedipus (Terrible Edgar)
By Andy Leask | Published on Monday 20 August 2012
It’s been hours since I left the venue, and I’m still thinking about this play. It takes a complex, metatextual concept – characters in a play have become self-aware – and plays with it, delivering an adaptation of ‘Oedipus’ that is as thought-provoking as it is engaging. The chorus want to hide the horrible truth from Oedipus, but are compelled to follow the script; at times comical, it builds to a dark, fittingly tragic climax, throwing the audience’s need for tragedy and catharsis back at them. If you’re interested in tragedy, this will leave you with a mental itch that you can’t quite scratch: the mark of exciting, provocative theatre.
theSpace on the Mile, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17 Aug, 6.05pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Leask]