By Tara Fitzpatrick
This latest production from writer and performer David Leddy with Exit Plan Theatre Company at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre explores the conflicts and paranoia of a man battling an identity crisis.
Leddy plays Chris, a man fraught by sexual anxiety, family responsibility and ethical compromises due to his corporate job in the British and Saudi Arabian arms trade.
He is awaiting trail, jailed for whistle-blowing on the government’s international wrong doings. He reflects on loss, love and his relationship (or lack of) with his adopted son.
The play intertwines elements of Shakespeare’s plot with very modern moral dilemmas.
The lighting design from Nich Smith is genius. While Becky Minto’s set consists solely of a desk and chair, the simplicity compliments perfectly with the vibrant screens, spotlights, torches and lamps which highlight and punctuate the drama.
The light reflects Chris’s mood and behaviour while the jet black curtains shift and transform the framing of the stage: symbolising his increasing claustrophobia.
Leddy’s writing could have felt like self-indulgent, middle-class pondering on the meaning of life. However, the sharp creativity of the performance and its consistent grounding in the wider discussions of global politics prevent the play from feeling shallow. It is mesmerising, thought-provoking and refreshingly self-aware.
Performance stills credited to Tommy Ga-Ken Wan photography and Fire Exit @FireExitCo