Writing in his blog, theater & performing arts, yesterday, the Guardian’s Chris Wilkinson writes “there is a new colour seeping into the politics of this year’s fringe — and it’s distinctly green.” But, aside from works with clever titles like Global Warming is Gay, Wilkinson admits that the subject was hardly touched at the Edinburgh Festival — and certainly not in a way that he thought adequate, considering how prevalent the idea of sustainability is today.
“Ultimately,” Wilkinson writes of playwright Ian Heggie’s work, “the comic form for the piece sits uncomfortably with its subject matter. For much of the time Heggie’s humour relies on some highly imaginative scatological references which, while funny in themselves, do not really illuminate the play’s politics.”
For a less direct, but decidedly more meaningful approach, Wilkinson notes that The Caravan, a “verbatim play” based on testimony from those affected by last year’s floods may be the clearest piece on the subject of the environment.
Check out Wilkinson’s blog — it’s worth a look.