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New Works: Blind Eye, Traverse Theatre, Review


By michelle.haynes - Posted on 12 September 2014

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Blind Eye - cast
Show Details
Venue: 
Traverse Theatre
Company: 
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in collaboration with Playwrights' Studio Scotland
Production: 
Isabel Wright (Writer), Wendy Turner (Director)
Performers: 
Jason Vaughn (John), Ayana Major Bey (Kim), David James Kirkwood (Micheal), Maria Jones (Sophia), Clare Marcie (Natalie), Kenny Boyle (Fraser), Eden Perry (Amanda)
Running time: 
55mins

Corruption in the business and political world is always a sickening yet intriguing thought that infiltrates our lives on a daily basis. Exploring the value of money over humanity and honesty, ‘Blind Eye’ by Isabel Wright is a political battle into the power of personal relations companies and the scandals of the corporate system.

Following a PR company said to ‘represent any client’- for the right price, 'Blind Eye' delves into the dirty secrets of the business and political world. When activists penetrate the firm with the intention to expose the bribery and dishonesty within, morals are questioned and the fight for ‘what is right’ takes hold. But will it make any difference if the world finds out or will the public simply turn a blind eye to the scandal?

With mentions of Thatcher from the offset and Hitler a short while later, 'Blind Eye' tackles the rather clichéd topic of the villains of politics and corporate corruption. The character of the desperate politician, the hardened business woman, the lesbian activists and the sleazy PR manager are all things audiences have seen before. In saying that, many of the performances were of high quality, in particular Jason Vaughn as the character of John who added a welcome sarcastic humour to the plot.

Wendy Turner’s set was also something to be admired, creating a sleek green, black and white visual element with attention to detail extending to the tips of the character of Kim’s (Ayana Major Bey) fingers with a highlight of lime green nail polish and to the character of Fraser’s (Kenny Boyle) socks. Much of the scene changes were messy and the kiss between Micheal (David James Kirkwood) and Fraser was somewhat unbelievable, however the script managed to pull this up, creating hilarious moments of awkwardness particularly near the end and witty remarks from the feisty character of Kim which were both painful yet moreish to watch.

Despite covering a topic that has been done many times over (which although clichéd, shows it must be an important issue in our lives) 'Blind Eye' still succeeds in serving as a sickening reminder of just how little the public actually do when these scandals are uncovered and makes the audience question their morals over money.

Runs 11-13th September, (8pm).

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