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Shit review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘riveting performances’

The cast of Shit at Summerhall, Edinburgh. Photo: Sebastian Bourges

Getting a brief glimpse of the shattered, abused child within the aggressive adult woman standing before us is a remarkable achievement of acting and writing. That the stellar actors in Patricia Cornelius’s play Shit can hold those two moments in time together gives this searing, uncomfortable play its power.

Three women, Sam, Bobby, and Billy stand defiantly swearing, flashing, menacing, and glaring. As they boast and battle, we see bits of their past peek through with mentions of foster homes and feelings they cannot control. Or worse, no emotions at all.

They have absorbed the message they are worthless and turned this invective back on everyone in their path. Their nihilism and destruction start from within like a black hole threatening to suck in everything around it with its fury and hatred.

In this in-your-face production, they can be bitingly funny while simultaneously terrifying. However, there’s horror on the horizon and with every poisonous laugh, dread is building.

While the narratively-driven marching and movement by director Susie Dee breaks up the dialogue, it can occasionally distract.

But what they say won’t leave you. “What right have you got to want?” might be the saddest sentence ever spoken.

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Riveting performances of women who have nothing left to lose in dark, daring play