Edinburgh Festival: Damned (2 stars)

Existentialism isn’t the easiest thing to stage and this new play from Aireborne Theatre’s Jack Harrison, inspired by Beckett and Pinter, among others, suffers from being more concept- than character-led.

Superficially it’s about two men in an unspecified space waiting for the arrival of a hot-air balloon to potentially set them free. However, it would clearly like to be about much more – if only it was more obvious what.

Snappy but staccato dialogue is well-performed by the young cast, but the fact they don’t take a bow at the end – when there’s really no reason for them not to – adds to a growing feeling of pretentiousness.

Written for The Scotsman

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