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Unreturning, The

Traverse Theatre

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A British Northern Coastal town. Three young men are coming home from war. Their stories, set at different times over the last 100 years, are beautifully interwoven in this compelling new play by Anna Jordan (Yen, Royal Court Theatre, Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013).

The critical consensus

Anna Jordan’s four-hander for Frantic Assembly, unfolding across time to tell parallel war stories, is performed with heart and focus.

****(*)Mark Fisher, The Guardian, 25/10/2018

An adrenalin-rush of a production.

****(*)Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 25/10/2018

The Unreturning is an absorbing, thought-provoking piece of new writing, immaculately staged by a cast who draw out of it both its mental depth and physical power.

****(*)Edie Ranvier, The Reviews Hub, 25/10/2018

The Unreturning‘s unflinching approach to war’s repercussions on the individual make for a moving production, which will stay with the audience long after the show is done.

****(*)Udita Banerjee, The Wee Review, 26/10/2018

Overall, The Unreturning is a curious example of a potentially mismatched writer and company. Yet, aside from the more incongruous choices onstage, the performances are memorable and affecting, the treatment of the subject matter is mostly excellent, and one can easily overlook the weaker elements in favor of a truly noble intention.

***(*)(*)Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller, Edinburgh 49, 26/10/2018

And as ever with Frantic Assembly, the performances flow from intense monologue to naturalistic acting and superb, understated sequences of movement; in a style that seems made for this strange journey through time and space, to a place where history comes together in a single moment of pain, horror, longing and hope.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 27/10/2018

Where and when?

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh from Wednesday October 24, 2018, until Saturday October 27, 2018. More info:

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