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Festival Reviews: Ah Dinnae Ken

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4.5 stars

STUDENT THEATRE AT GLASGOW (STAG)

3 – 18 August at theSpace on Niddry Street

Two houses, both alike in dignity

In fair Scotland where we lay our scene

The question of Indy 2 breaks new mutiny

Where civil blood make civil hands unclean.

Boy and girl sit back to backSet some time in the future where a new referendum for the Scottish independence begins, Ah Dinnae Ken centres on two families who are on opposite ends on where they will vote. The student-led physical and comedy play gives us a satirical look into the madness caused by the first referendum that saw families divided and close friends ripped apart. The small cast double up to play each family, yellow for the pro-leavers and blue for the remainers while two newscasters update us on the conflicts going on in Scotland.

A major part of the success was the enthusiastic performances and the smooth direction of Maddie Beautyman that kept every angle included. The show is short but amusing and had the audience laughing and leaving happy. If you were so sick of the first referendum that you went for an impromptu holiday to Blackpool to escape it (like me and my family), then you would also feel sympathy for the two lovers who are overwhelmed and tired of the excitement and the frosty environment and – along with the innocent shortbread – are trapped in the middle of the hijinks of their families.

STAG’s show was very good

Making fun at politics, as only they could.

For never was there a tale of such annoyance and woe

Than that, of the independent vote, of yes and no.

 

Reviewed by Emma McCafferty

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