Theatre review: The Suicidal Tendencies of Sheep and a Dog Called the Hoff
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: The Suicidal Tendencies of Sheep and a Dog Called the Hoff at theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36), reviewed by Susan Mansfield
Declan, JJ, Robbie and Alistair arrive in Edinburgh for a lads weekend, but when the door handle snaps in their windowless hostel bedroom and they are trapped, the revelations start to flow.
Declan has brought them here to celebrate his engagement, but it becomes clear that he is not the only one with an announcement to make.
Playwright Sarah Hailstones and young Scottish company Just Like The Precipitation create a vivid snapshot of a group of young men suddenly facing questions of their own mortality in a situation from which nobody can escape, physically or metaphorically. In this well-observed portrait of male friendship, they banter, argue, make inappropriate jokes but struggle to talk meaningfully.
The writing is stilted in places, and it feels as if the “suicidal sheep” anecdote has been added mainly in order to give the play its wacky title, but there is something honest and moving at its heart about a young man trying to make sense of news which seems incomprehensible.
Until 24 August. Today 4:05pm
Originally published in The Scotsman