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Pity review – absurdist comic strip misses its target

Royal Court, London
Rory Mullarkey’s unfocused drama of a Britain collapsing in apocalyptic chaos is not helped by the production’s aural and visual overkill

I guess this new play by Rory Mullarkey is intended to be a Blasted for the modern age. But whereas Sarah Kane’s work, although none of us got this in 1995, was driven by a moral rage at British insulation from Balkan suffering, Mullarkey’s target is vague and his means disproportionate. His play comes across in performance as an apocalyptic, prodigally wasteful cartoon.

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