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You Forgot the Mince review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘entirely convincing’

Prince Plockey and Francesca Joy in You Forgot the Mince. Photo: Chris Gardner

Starkly examining an abusive, co-dependent relationship, You Forgot the Mince is a grim and affecting story lifted by moments of real warmth. Inspired by research, verbatim accounts and writer Francesca Joy’s own experiences, the play follows teenagers Rosa and Niko, who become trapped in a self-perpetuating cycle of love and hate.

Joy’s script sketches out the story in a flurry of short scenes. While this brevity can feel simplistic, truthful details and flashes of blank poetry make each sequence resonant. As Rosa, Joy shares a remarkable, effervescent chemistry with Prince Plockey’s sweet but unstable Niko, making their romance believable and their suffocating need for one another entirely convincing.

Director Stephen Whitson’s frenetic staging makes each rapid scene change part of the action. Stylised movement work blurs the lines between loving, playful and threatening gestures, elegantly reflecting the characters’ destructive spirals.

Ed Clarke’s score features deep heartbeat throbs and jarring electric squeals, creating an unsettling undercurrent which persists even through the happier sequences. The evocative set, by Rebecca Brower, presents the silhouette of a house built from rusted wire, a stand-in for the literal prison where Niko briefly finds himself, and the metaphorical prison his home later becomes.

Verdict
Passionate performances and slick staging elevate this story of domestic abuse

Production

Production
You Forgot the Mince
Venue
Pleasance Courtyard
City
Edinburgh
Starts
August 7, 2017
Ends
August 28, 2017
Authors
Francesca  Joy
Director
Stephen Whitson
Choreographer
Errol White and Davina Givan
Design
Rebecca Brower
Lighting
Zia Bergin-Holly
Sound
Ed Clarke
Costume
Rebecca Brower
Stage manager
Andrina Dew
Production manager
Tess Farley
Cast includes
Francesca Joy, Ursula Mohan, Prince Plockey
Producer
Imagine If Theatre
Running time
1hr