Edinburgh Festival: Fade (2 stars)

Following last year’s exuberant Inheritance Blues, DugOut Theatre return with a more earnest piece, which starts off with their trademark combination of irreverent humour and live music before plunging into melancholic musings on life and relationships.

Focusing on a love triangle between a journalist, his former girlfriend and her current film-maker partner, the emotion comes from the music rather than the dialogue – and there could really be more of the former.

The company have a compelling and distinctive style, but self-analytical declarations of feelings are not their greatest strength. Light, upbeat comedies are what they do best and will hopefully return to after this outing.

Written for The Scotman

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