Review: Penetrator

Fear No Colours Theatre Company
The Old Hairdressers, 1-2 Jun

3 Stars (3 / 5)

Tadge is back from the army but he’s different. He’s creepy and eerily paranoid, he is convinced the perpetrators are conspiring against him. Two friends try to keep him entertained and stop him going off the wall, but end up with more than they bargained for.

<i>Fear No Colours</i>  bring Anthony Neilson’s 1994 drama into the 21st century, substituting the first gulf war for the bombing in Aleppo. The use of space is particularly well executed and the performance is never static. The two protagonists played by Chris Duffy and Raymond Wilson are familiar Glasgow-student types, portraying the usual inability to keep tidy and witty intellectual repartee. The chemistry between them is most fully established during the dramatic scenes of the play, during the banter there is a tendency to skip through the material too quickly for a natural flow, and occasionally to overplay. Nonetheless the two have the feel of old friends and the audience enjoy nothing more than when they spontaneously join each other in song and chase one another around in slapstick antics.

The crowning performance is given by Tom White as the unhinged Tadge, in the climatic scene where he threatens another characters life for a lengthy period the room is gripped. I have to avert my eyes, the emotion is so intense. The characters reveal some dark secrets from their past and where their loyalties truly lie.