On the Exhale review – gripping gun drama draws us into heart

first_imgAll On the Exhale review – gripping gun drama draws us into heart of darkness 4 /5 stars4 out of 5 stars. Facebook Twitter Sat 4 Aug 2018 06.44 EDT Email (optional) Share on Facebook US gun culture and racial politics come under fire at Edinburgh fringe Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report Facebook 100 Share on LinkedIn Report 4 Aug 2018 22:22 | Pick newest Support The Guardian skintman Mick James 5 Aug 2018 2:38 Share on Twitter collapsed Report US gun control Report recommendations Show 25 Share via Email I worry about you sometimes. Share on Twitter Loading comments… Trouble loading? Facebook Share Gelion … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. oldest comments (7)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Getting under the skin of the gun control debate … Polly Frame in On the Exhale at the Traverse, Edinburgh.Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian In the Alice in Wonderland logic of the National Rifle Association, “guns don’t kill people, people do”. It’s an aphorism that pretends to be revelatory but is actually the opposite. At best it is a deflection, at worst irresponsible. The 7,074 people who died in US shootings in the first half of this year do not have the privilege of debating whether they were slaughtered by man or machine. As Eddie Izzard once said, “I think the gun helps.”Martín Zimmerman’s On the Exhale, first seen in 2017 and now given its UK premiere in a focused production by Christopher Haydon for China Plate and Audible, is an attempt to get under the skin of a debate that tells you more about America’s fraught relationship with its history and constitution than it does about reasoned argument. In this story about a bereaved mother reeling from the shock of a school massacre, assault rifle and shooter merge to become one and the same. The gun is an extension of the person carrying it. 25 50 Theatre Order by oldest Edinburgh festival | Pick Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other reviews Share on Twitter Mick James Share expanded ““guns don’t kill people, people do”” I had a horrible experience with this. With intent to massacre, I attacked a school throwing Gummy Bears at students and laughing insanely. Not one died or was injured. It turns out that it is guns and bullets that kill after all! 🙁 referendum | Pick Share on Twitter Mark Fisher 4 Aug 2018 20:08 Comments 7 Since you’re here… Last modified on Wed 5 Jun 2019 04.14 EDT Twitter Reply Report unthreaded 0 1 Report Dreaming of taking revenge after the shooting, the bereaved woman becomes so transfixed by the rifle she buys (a three-minute transaction requiring no more than a driver’s license) that it becomes a living presence. Venturing into the heart of darkness, she realises she “can’t be trusted to control herself around machines of such seductive power”.Performed in a country where the gun lobby has no sway, the play risks simply confirming our guns-are-bad prejudices. It sidesteps this thanks to the intensity of Zimmerman’s second-person script, which never takes you quite where you expect, and the mesmerising performance of Polly Frame. Still, matter-of-fact and measured, her delivery is gripping in its economy and hits home like a bullet.At the Traverse, Edinburgh, until 26 August. Box office: 0131-228 1404. Then at Oxford Playhouse, 28 August–1 September. Box office: 01865 305305. 0 1 Measured … Polly Frame’s performance is a masterclass in economy. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images Classic Skint. Shares55 Share on Twitter Report Reply Edinburgh festival 2018 Share on Facebook Or as Laurie Anderson’s tribute to 1970’s performance artist Chris Burden( who had himself shot in the arm as a performance art piece) once put it: ” It’s Not The Bullet That Kills You (It’s The Hole) ” Read more haymother Share on Facebook 1 2 Report | Pick Share Performed in a country where the gun lobby has no sway, the play… ..is a pointless piece of virtue signalling? Meanwhile across the pond on Broadway IDS!, the new hip-hop musical about a lone politician’s struggle to create a unified benefits system, is absolutely packing them in. 5 Aug 2018 0:09 Traverse, EdinburghAs a bereaved mother, Polly Frame is consumed by thoughts of revenge as Martín Zimmerman’s mesmerising tale of a school massacre hits home 1 2 | Pick Reuse this content,View all comments > Share 5 Aug 2018 20:27 justamentalpatient Gelion Edinburgh festival 2018 | Pick Facebook Threads collapsed Share Share via Email 0 1 Reason (optional) Facebook Reply Share on Twitter 0 1 Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Pinterest 4 Aug 2018 21:30 Reply Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Reply Reply Reply Share on Facebook 4 5 Share on Twitter the edinburgh festival has had its day , its now a port of call for rubbish plays , dancers, comedians any sort of dross that cant get on on somewhere else , the place is a total rip off , street performers begging for coins and eating out of bins ,times up im afraid….sad but true . | Pick Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp skintman 6 Aug 2018 8:19 SpiralGalaxy28948 Share Festivals You just used the Gummy Bears ineffectively. If you threw a gun or a bullet at someone it probably wouldn’t kill them. Traverse theatre Facebook Share on Twitter Share As the playwright presents it, the student with a pistol under his belt is transformed. Typically, the weapon takes wounded male privilege (because it is so often thus) and replaces it with power. It’s a power that imbalances every relationship. No one will contradict, still less confront, the person in the room with the capacity to gun you down. Share on Messenger Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Topics Share on Facebook Twitter Close report comment form View more commentslast_img read more

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