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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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Pleasance Dome
4-30 August, 17.40

If we could control our dreams, relive favourite memories and create new ones, would reality become worthless? Tom Crawshaw (author of 2009’s excellent Play On Words) poses this question in this quasi-philosophical exploration of lucid dreaming.

Yaz Al-shateer is an engaging lead, journeying into depths of his own mind. And, but for the unfortunate coincidental timing of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, there are interesting and original questions as he relives and recreates an old love affair, destroying all ‘real’ relationships.

There’s a brilliant play here, and Three’s Company are an extraordinarily talented and inventive company, but it never gets off the ground in a clunkily staged – and often clunkily performed by the supporting cast – production, marred by an intrusive use of projection and failure to hit the timing quite right. Crawshaw’s script feels like a first draft brimming with possibilities, rather than the polished, dense work he’s produced in the past.

- Will Young


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