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Passengers review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘probing physical theatre’

Passengers at Summerhall. Photo: Holly Revell

Physicalising the exhausting, throbbing struggle when parts of your mind do battle with each other, Passengers is a probing look at both dissociative identity disorder and a divided self through physical theatre.

Max has had a violent episode in a cafe after being served the wrong sandwich. Revealing itself slowly, this show is the manifestation of Max’s mind realising what has happened.

Kit Redstone’s piece illustrates the tripartite self of Max (Neil Chinneck, Jessica Clark, Redstone). Each part of Max’s mind and personality is dressed in a fringed tracksuit.

They sometimes move in sync but mostly they are in conflict: one is logic, calm and structure, another an agent of chaos, hedonism and anger, the third is romantic, dreamy and imaginative.

With dissonant metallic whirs and hums, harsh lights, leaps, swings and physical scuffles the tension rises as the parts of Max’s mind fight the mind “prison” they are in as well as each other.

It’s a creative solution for this physiological and emotional clash. The metaphor may run its course before the end of the show but the performers are sharp in their full-bodied portrayals.

While non-linear, the writing gives it strong shape although the voiceover is redundant of what the performance has expressed

8:8 review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘intense and strangely moving’

 

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Verdict
Physical theatre that astutely illustrates the trauma and healing from the point of view of inside the mind
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