Theatre review: Fault Lines
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Fault Lines at theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39b), reviewed by David Pollock
In A typical suburban home in California, three very different women meet: Bethany, an ordinary housewife; Rachel, smart and successful with a career in the media; and Kat, sarcastic and brusque, with a chip on her shoulder. It was Rachel, after all, who helped campaign for California’s Proposition 36 to become law – the “three strikes and you’re out” rule which means Kat’s partner is in prison for a long time for growing cannabis.
“I bought a vibrator and a goat, so I don’t have to mow the lawn,” yells Kat at Rachel at one point, in just one of the exchanges which crackles to life in this strong play by Rebecca Louise Miller, a new Scottish talent of note alongside four capable young actors from the New Celts Productions company.
Based on the Polly Klaas murder, it delicately wrestles the truth of these women’s past into the open, of how their friend Nina was abducted before their eyes at a slumber party 15 years ago and subsequently murdered.
Miller carefully unpeels the levels of coping required to deal with this “large-scale scary” awakening to the world, from trying to forget to – in Rachel’s case – making a living as a kind of tragedy guru and now attempting to convince the women to feed the public’s appetite for detail after all these years, amidst an intimate scenario which asks big questions.
Until today, 3:40pm
Originally published in The Scotsman