Theatre review: Speak No Evil
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Speak No Evil at Spotlites @ The Merchant’s Hall (venue 278), reviewed by Hamish Gibson
THERE’S potential in Speak No Evil. It’s atmospheric, it uses its talented actors’ abilities well and it importantly tackles freedom of speech.
The execution of its depiction of an adolescent girl from a liberal family growing up in an oppressive regime, however, feels like it’s missing out on delivering a really strong blow.
By focusing so heavily on the analytical aspects, it fails to fully flesh out the characters and a family background which needs putting in some context.
Political exposition and emotional gravitas are sacrificed for ambience and expression, which, while commendable, are hard to lock into when the venue walls are so thin you can hear the musical next door.
MORE INFO: Speak No Evil at Spotlites @ The Merchant’s Hall, until 14 August
Originally published in The Scotsman