Edinburgh Festival: Gorbella (2 stars)

Set in Glasgow’s notorious Gorbals in the late 1980s, Liam McCormick’s punchy 40-minute snapshot of an angry young man is dripping with authentic, visceral dialogue but has insufficient time to develop a real story.
Inspired by the experiences of members of the Raploch Narcotic Anonymous Group, it is performed with conviction by Curtis Randall who has real presence as the confrontational clubber.

However, it’s difficult to empathise with a character that has few redeeming features and is the unrepentant cause of all of his problems. A deeper exploration of what has driven him to such destruction is needed.

Written for The Scotsman

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