The Guardian 25 October 2022

It is the start of May Sumbwanyambe’s uneasy drama and Joseph Knight (Omar Austin) is showing John Wedderburn (Matthew Pidgeon) the book he is reading. Seeing it is by Plato, Wedderburn comments on the Greek philosopher’s thoughts on fathers and sons. His interest seems to reflect on his own relationship with the younger man.

His level of affection is more than comradely, perhaps more than paternal. They stand close, like family members or even lovers. Their intimacy makes you wonder whether it accounts for Wedderburn’s sexual dysfunction with his exasperated wife, Margaret (Rachael-Rose McLaren). [READ MORE]

By Mark Fisher

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. He is also the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (both Mark Fisher Ltd).

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