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With a calm voice and warm smile, she encourages three young people she describes as “friends” not to eat. Slowly it becomes apparent that she’s not their friend at all – in fact, she’s the physical embodiment of an eating disorder they’re all affected by – anorexia.

Eat Me, C venues (Venue 21) ***

Shifting between a narrator and her so-called friends, this unnamed woman, played by writer Suzanna Walters, gives what could be a familiar, issue-led play the heightened mood of a sinister ghost story.

A script based upon Walters’s own real-life experiences weaves together three young people’s stories in a way that gives engaging insights, while demonstrating the devastating effects of the condition.

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Walters’s heightened performance, as the voice of anorexia, sometimes feels at odds with the other members of the cast, who skilfully and often humorously move between naturalistic roles – but at its best provides a pertinent juxtaposition between reality and their warped perceptions.

By the time the younger characters meet in a group therapy session, the pace slows down. A good edit wouldn’t go amiss, particularly of the direct-to-audience address. However, as anorexia loses her friends and turns her attention to us, it’s an unsettling and thought-provoking conclusion to an imaginative piece.

• Until 27 August, 5:35pm