EGTG have themselves a reckless little Xmas

CHRISTMAS... It's the most wonderful time of the year. Or is it?

Wednesday, 6th December 2017, 12:43 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:27 am
EGTG in Reckless

Rachel used to think so. At least she did until her husband Tom confessed on Christmas Eve that it isn’t ­Santa Claus she hears breaking in but a hitman he’s hired to kill her. So had she better run. Now.

Run she does, plunging herself into a labyrinth of murder, embezzlement, faked disabilities, game shows and a never-ending stream of psychiatrists.

In the end, will Rachel ­survive this pitch black comedy by Craig Lucas? And, more importantly, will her love of Christmas remain intact?

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Need a break from the pantomimes and kids’ shows that abound during the festive season? Then Reckless, the latest offering from the Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group (EGTG) might just prove the perfect present. An immersive theatrical ­experience with elves, carols and snow: Reckless is the second of 2017 directed by David Grimes who previously helmed EGTG’s productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, ­August: Osage County and ­Titus Andronicus.

Grimes also directed a ­successful sell-out run of The Ladykillers earlier this year.

In Reckless, he has reunited in part his production team from the Ealing comedy. EGTG stalwart Wendy Mathison and newcomer Stewart Kerr – whose performance in The ­Ladykillers was a “masterclass in comic timing” – are joined by a cast of EGTG regulars, ­including Kerri Roland as Rachel, and some of the best young and emerging talent working in the city today.

Reckless has oft been likened to falling down a festive rabbit hole and its in-the-round staging will give audiences a front row seat to the bedlam of this black comedy.

Assembly Roxy, Roxburgh Place, until Saturday, 7.30pm, £10-£12