Review: Death is the New Porn

Death is the new Porn. Pic: Comp
Death is the new Porn. Pic: Comp
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BLAZING Hyena Theatre Company was formed from graduates of Edinburgh Napier and Queen Margaret Universities. A hugely successful collaboration if this perky production is anything to go by.

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Death is the New Porn is a fast-paced romp through the story of Tom, Michael and Nina, a strange collective formed initially to wreak revenge and ultimately to right wrongs in the local Edinburgh community.

Sex is no longer enough to deliver the thrills and spills needed to excite today’s young people, posits the play. Murder, on the other hand, is addictive. It’s a fair premise given the excesses of youth but one that isn’t rendered wholly convincing in this quick as a whip but ultimately two- dimensional script from writer-to-watch Jack Elliot.

In contrast to the sometimes flaccid script, these four actors are full of beans. Rory Speed is captivating as a cocky Michael, hiding his hurt behind a brash facade. Kate Foley-Scott is a sweetly disillusioned Nina. And Rosie Milne is impressive for her absolute transformation from ditzy wannabe model to the reformed alcoholic mother of Michael.

Pacey direction from Ian Dunn means the action skips along.

You may feel unconvinced that death is the new porn but this bunch have buckets of fun trying.

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