Theatre review: The Happiness Project, Army @ The Fringe, East Claremont Street, Edinburgh

In the big downstairs hall at East Claremont Street, five young performers take the stage, each on the brink - or in the early stages - of a professional career in theatre and performance.

The Happiness Project, Army @ The Fringe, East Claremont Street (Venue 210)

The Happiness Project, Army @ The Fringe, East Claremont Street * * *

In the big downstairs hall at East Claremont Street, five young performers take the stage, each on the brink - or in the early stages - of a professional career in theatre and performance. Two identify as male, two as female, one as intersexual. They are sharply dressed in bright acid colours; and for 50 minutes of brisk monologue and dialogue, they lead us through their world of emotional hazard and potential isolation, as each fights an individual struggle to make contact with others despite mental health problems, continuing bias against gay and transgender people, and in once case, the experience of being autistic.

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