REVIEW: The Edge - New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

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Ipswich – Refugees, immigrants, rising sea levels, threatened shores – coastlines are becoming more significant than ever.

The play is a two-hander, devised and directed by Douglas Rintoul, and featuring Tim Lewis and Balvinder Sopal.

The set, designed by James Button, suggests grey books, a rocky, slatey, inhospitable beach or flotsam and jetsam.

The title echoes expressions like being on edge, being on the edge of extinction and the Carrie Fisher book Postcards from the Edge.

The play, lasting little more than an hour, is made up of monologues.

Sometimes, they complement each other, talk over one another, or tell different narratives.

But the two actors never actually speak to each other.

It is, however, about interconnectedness, has the immediacy of story-telling and that feeling of being, in 
T.S. Eliot’s phrase, ‘gathered on this beach of the tumid river’.

BASIL ABBOTT