PalaceTheatre, Kilmarnock Four stars There's a deep-set poignancy in David Harrower's own production of his play about a brother and sister's reconciliation that feels more fully realised than when it was first produced in 2011. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that Harrower's revival for Borderline Theatre Company is touring the country in a way it hasn't done before, but either way it captures a splintered sense of intimacy that seems to sum up the state of a nation in flux, whereby the personal and the political and the local and the global are bound together. Athol and Morna may have both been brought up in Edinburgh, but even beyond their fourteen year estrangement, they are worlds apart. Where Morna gets by cleaning rich people's houses inbetween bringing up her son, Joshua, Athol runs his own construction business from his Renfrewshire living room opposite the house where the Glasgow Airport terrorists holed up prior to their botched 2007 attack. When Joshua turns up on Athol's doorstep just before his twenty-first birthday, the umbilical ties that bind them all gradually unravel a past of domestic conflict that has left indelible scars. The sense of place in Harrower's writing is exquisite in these two inter-connected monologues, especially as delivered by Lewis Howden and Pauline Knowles, who play the siblings flanked by hazy impressions of windows that suggest a network of modern day fortresses. For all the emotional rawness and brutal honesty on display, there's something bigger going on in this quietest of epics that's about an entire community reconciling itself with its differences as it tries to find somewhere called home.
The Herald, March 25th 2014 ends