Theatre review: Way Back
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Way Back at Underbelly Cowgate (Venue 61), reviewed by Susan Mansfield
A comedy about suicide was always going to be a risky proposition. Daniel Henry Kaes’s play is set at Beachy Head, the third most popular suicide spot in the world (there seems to be some disappointment that it is only third). Carol is a volunteer chaplain trying to help two potential jumpers: Miles, lost in guilt after the death of his girlfriend; and Randy, a washed-up rock star who is just after the publicity.
This attempt at feel-good theatre drowns in banal dialogue, intrusive lighting and a far-fetched plot, but perhaps the biggest problem lies with the choice of subject matter.
Until 25 August. Today 12:50pm
Originally published in The Scotsman