Dir. David Leddy, Tron Theatre, 14th – 22nd April 2017
This latest production from writer and performer David Leddy with Exit Plan Theatre Company at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre explored 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 trial, jailed for his whistling-blowing on the government’s wrong doings. He reflects on loss, love and his relationship (or lack of) with his adopted son.
The play intertwined elements of Shakespeare’s plot with very modern moral dilemmas.
The lighting design from Nich Smith was mesmerising. While Becky Minto’s set consists solely of a desk and chair, the simplicity complements 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 prevented the play from feeling shallow. It was mesmerising, thought-provoking and refreshingly self-aware.
Performance stills credited to Tommy Ga-Ken Wan photography and Fire Exit @FireExitCo