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3* REVIEW of 'Farmhouse'

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Chris Lynch in 'Desk Job' by Paul Bishop

October 2012

Joyce McMillan, "The Scotsman" ***

There’s something uneasy about the structure of this 65-minute play, which does little to prepare us, in the first 45 minutes, for the strange, nightmarish dream-sequence into which it moves towards the end, and then for the pure sadistic horror of its finale; a risk, at worst, of appealing to those who enjoy misogynistic violence for its own sake.

There’s some fine acting on view, though, in this fast-paced, brave and inventive production; and a gripping hour of theatre, for those willing to face the pity and terror of a very serious 21st-century tragedy portrayed in fierce close-up, and never fully contextualised or resolved

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