The Secret Agent**** (Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, 16 August 2013)

Posted: August 17, 2013 in Theatre

Working from Joseph Conrad’s prescient story of an anarchist terror cell, agents and double agents, set in the 1890s, this is a bold and imaginative theatrical work, created by theatre o, Matthew Hurt and the entire company. As the terror cell operated on the principle that nothing terrifies the public more than threats that cannot be understood, so this piece uses absurdist comedy, stylised movement and bizarre images to baffle and unsettle the audience. The lighting bathes the stage in sinister colours and casts long shadows, the actors exaggerate their speech and mannerisms, all creating a nightmarish world in which anything terrible can happen and nothing is ever as it seems. Challenging, but well worth going along for the ride.

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