Komedia Roman Eagle Lodge, Edinburgh
August, 2002

**** We literally only see part of what goes on

Paul Murray and Karen Glossop have hit on a remarkable idea to present a slight but charming tale in a fresh perspective.

The tale itself concerns Pete and Stella, a couple of British holidaymakers who fall out and then separately undergo strange, sometimes touching experiences on an unspecified but probably Mediterranean island. But it's the presentation that's the key.

A couple of opaque white screens stretch across the stage. They are mounted on vertical rollers. In each scene, the audience are given a window to only part of the action: torso level when Pete hitches a lift, floor level when car mechanic Georgiou is accosted by the local vamp Maria, and so on. Scenes are interspersed with projected captions from a range of sources, from a car manual to a self-help book and a pregnancy testing kit.

On its own, the story is a charming but disposable mixture of poignancy and bizarrerie. Presented in this way, so that we literally see only part of the story at any one time, it becomes captivating.

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