The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2017 – Fragile Man, 26th August 2017

Fragile ManAnd our last day at the Edinburgh Fringe has already come around! We’re starting off with Fragile Man at Space 2 @ theSpace on the Mile at 11:50 on Saturday 26th. Here’s the blurb: “On an isolated hilltop two men must confront their darkest secrets and deepest fears in a chance encounter destined to change their lives forever. An unsettling and insightful drama exposing two men’s fight for truth, justice and survival. Developed into an original script through improvised workshops, Fragile Man highlights the difficulties that can accompany ‘becoming me’ and the mental and emotional struggle we face to know our true selves. Its themes delve deeply into our shared experience of being human, exploring fate, faith, envy, self-preservation and the dawning reality of our own fragile mortality.”

Written by David Martin and performed by him and Richard Miltiadis, this play was written in response to the high numbers of suicides by men in western Europe. I’m sure this is going to be hard-hitting and thought-provoking. Check back around 1 pm to see what we thought. By then the next preview blog should be available to read too.

Very dark. I’m not sure I really liked it very much, to be honest. There’s a degree of contrivance which makes the two characters almost reverse roles, and there’s quite a lot of self indulgent dramatic poses that I don’t think helped. I found it rather cruel; Mrs Chrisparkle thought it rather glamourised suicide attempts. I think we’ve seen other plays that have tackled the subject better. Sorry! 

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