Theatre review: In the Kingdom of the Blind
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: In the Kingdom of the Blind at Venue 13, reviewed by David Pollock
It’s important, first of all, to talk about everything this show does right, because the presentation is excellent. Ellie Tranter’s set design is all-encompassing: a bed of leaves littered with rucksacks and groundsheets transforms the stage. We can almost smell the damp branches and the sweet earthiness of mess food warming in the gas stove.
A three-hander set in an ad hoc forest camp somewhere in the English countryside, it’s blessed with confident lead performances – which makes the lack of focus all the more frustrating.
We get the vague impression these three young oddballs have entered into some kind of survivalist pact to live in the wilderness forever, but the story maintains a level of tension more akin to three quasi-mates bickering on a campsite.
Until 24 August.
Originally published in The Scotsman
More info: In the Kingdom of the Blind is at Venue 13