Trash Cuisine, Pleasance ✭✭✭✭
Despite the crisp coolness of the white set, the simplicity of the monochrome costumes, the elegance of the live music and the overall geniality and humour of the performers, there is no escaping the fact that Trash Cuisine is the most dangerous, powerful piece at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Mixing testimony with Shakespeare, cookery with genocide, Trash Cuisine repels, horrifies and fascinates. This is presented as a revue, a mixture of scenes, dance, music, song and soliloquy; but the pulsating heart of the show is man’s inhumanity to man. “What is the worth of human life?” asks Belarus Free Theatre. “Disposable and transient” – like the trash cuisine of the title, comes the answer. Belarus Free Theatre force the audience to contemplate our silence on human rights even as we watch and listen – in stunned silence. They use testimony from all over the world, not just their native Belarus. Think this isn’t happening here? Trash Cuisine is happy to disabuse you of that notion.
This is theatre at its most essential, theatre that not only tells us the story of our existence, but is also vitally important political theatre with punch – and a dash of blood.
**** (4 stars)
Runs until 26th August