As Ye Sow

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Stewart Pringle’s play will leave the viewer with more questions than answers. It is set in a home for the elderly where Clifford (Jeffrey Mayhew), a retired farmer, is a resident. The action takes place in his room.

The opening sequence has a soap opera feel about it. Clifford is being visited by his daughter Susan (Scarlett Sweeney), a young mother under stress, made more stressful by her father’s failing mental faculties. The electrics in the room are malfunctioning and enter Robert (John Garfield-Roberts), a ceramics art student and the home’s general handy man. He is followed by a nurse (Stephanie Walls).

When Susan leaves, the mood becomes more sinister. Robert and the nurse appear to have a connection with a mysterious event in Clifford’s past. Are they as friendly and helpful as they look? Or, is this part of Clifford’s imaginings?

Billed as a horror, it does have a few chilling moments but it does not go deep or dark enough.

Reviewed by Ben

Pleasance Dome;

1 to 27 August 2012 (not 13)

12.00 – 13.00

Fringe Programme Page Number: 257

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