Hindsight – Blog / Review – Chris Bartter

Monday, 5 August 2013

Is the Personal, the Political? Fringe Blog no 1

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Early in the Edinburgh Fringe, and already themes are becoming apparent. The gap between the personal and the wider population seems to be a significant theme, both directly and indirectly! It is an obvious factor when considering the political situation, and the increase in political topics at this years fringe has maybe contributed to the significance of this (see my piece on this in the Morning Star here ) but it hasn’t only impacted on obvious political material.
Hindsight – a first play from Scottish comedian Keir McAllister has no obvious political message, although the broad topic of individual decisions and their impact on others – especially when a male ego is involved – has considerable resonance in many gender politics debates!
How much do we make decisions affecting other people in our own interests, and how often do we take theirs into account? And if we only look at it from our perspective, can we ever supersede our own ego?
McAllister gets that across in what is essentially a one person play – albeit with three actors. And he does it with humour and humanity. Obviously having a director of the calibre of Phillip Differ, and actors like Raymond Mearns, James Kirk and Paul Sneddon, all regulars on the standup circuit, gives the play a fighting chance. You should give it more than that. It is worth it and a good first start. It’s at the Assembly Rooms until Aug 24,  1.15pm
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