Comfort Slaves

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Corruption, conspiracy, and the monotony of the everyday existence are to the fore in this brutally barbaric production.

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@ New Town Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sun 30 Aug @ times vary

Powerful, evocative, and at times brutally barbaric, Immersive Acting Movement’s Comfort Slaves – a collection of interconnected stories, predominantly about politics and class disparity – is a fine example of why Scotland’s capital city boasts the greatest festival in the world.

Appositely staged in a subterranean kitchen, the seven strong cast jovially antagonise the audience, immersing them in this fictitious, but true to real-life, production, about corruption, conspiracy theories, and that horrible reality that is the monotony of everyday existence.

The most frightening thing about today’s society, is that we seem to be living in a contradiction –  things like having a good credit rating actually means being careless with your money, and petty thieving is deemed more heinous than rape or paedophilia. So why do we not speak up? Is it because we’re afraid of the system – the system that is corrupted through financial power and despotism? How can it be ethical for the minority to control the majority? How can it be moral for people to be homeless, when others are living off “the fat of the land”? And what long-term effects do mendacious newspapers and social media sites have on our thinking?

At points humorous, at other points inhuman, the really wonderful thing about this edifying production is: no matter how uncomfortable, unbearable, unendurable, or even merciless the picture portrayed by some of the scenes is, one certainly can’t question the authenticity, actuality, and truth behind every word.

A direct and forthright eye-opener – so edgy that the honesty about our perilously wavering society continues to whisper in your ear, up the stairs, following you home, ominously. If we’re not careful, it will turn the oppressed into the oppressor.

/ @writer_shand

Michael is an award-winning, Edinburgh based playwright, with a big appetite for live theatre. He's been writing scripts for almost a decade and aspires to write (and occasionally produce) risky, cutting edge theatre. Most of his work is written in the Scottish vernacular, and is predominantly fictitious. He has produced thirteen of his own scripts - all with local theatre company 'That's Lunch Productions'.


1 Response to Comfort Slaves

  1. Giedre says:

    I don’t know if we watched a different show (certainly sounds like it), because I completely disagree with this review. The show is not clever and not really immersive as such. It tries to antagonise the audience and shock them by screaming in their faces, splashing ‘blood’ and trying to be clever. The result is quite the opposite. It’s boring, pretentious ‘clever’ and leaves you more indifferent than when you came in. The only way the writer and the cast seem to believe that they have something new and revealing to say and they make sure they scream it out. But there is nothing new, clever or worthwi behind the screams.The biggest disappointed of the Fringe so far. Waste of money.

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