Theatre review: Empty Shoes

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Thoughtful and incredibly well-made explorations of a range of mental health issues have been a very welcome feature of this year’s Fringe.

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This solo piece, which features Bruce Turnbull as a suicidal middle-aged man contemplating his life, is a solid addition to the list, with a closing reveal of earlier tragedy which packs an emotional punch.

The main issue that it’s hard to see past, however, is the unchanging tone. A number of other comparable plays on this subject have managed to weave together a palette of emotions.

Empty Shoes, unfortunately, sticks with a relentless gloom which somehow validates and reinforces the character’s thoughts throughout.

Until 27 August. Today 3:15pm.