Theatre review: If Mouth Could Speak, ZOO Playground, Edinburgh

A commanding performance by Romanian poet and playwright, Timotei Cobeanu really helps sell this poetic monologue about a young immigrant troubled by suicidal thoughts.

If Mouth Could Speak, ZOO Playground, (Venue 186)
If Mouth Could Speak, ZOO Playground, (Venue 186)

If Mouth Could Speak, ZOO Playground, Edinburgh * * *

As Danny wanders the streets of Peckham at midnight his brain flashes back and forth between ecstasy and despair, lucidity and a form of super-sanity where he imagines London has a voice and takes part in a fevered conversation. It’s a heady composition but leavened by Cobeanu’s instincts as a performer. His piece is not without humour and you can sense his surprise and delight when a passage elicits an unexpected laugh and he’s not above leaning into it. His text may be immutable but his performance is not.

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