Two-time Fringe First winner Henry Naylor returns to the Edinburgh Festival with another enthralling script. Following last year’s show, Angel, Borders is the final installment of Naylor’s Arabian Nightmares trilogy, and is a gripping account of the Syrian refugee crisis.
The story follows a young Syrian refugee, who is forced to stop fighting the revolution and flee her country due to an accidental pregnancy, leaving her trapped in the middle of the Mediterranean. On the other end of the spectrum, the plot also follows a young aspiring photographer who, while looking to save the world, ultimately gets caught up in the glamour of the media industry and allows his priorities to be dictated by money.
Collaborating once more with director Michael Cabot, Naylor’s script is brought to life. In a stroke of excellence, Cabot chooses to retract the smoke and mirrors often seen in theatre, and with a pared-back, seemingly effortless direction, simply allows Naylor’s words to reach the audience by keeping the set minimal.
Both performers display fantastic levels of energy and intensity, resulting in a story which resonates in the small walls of the theatre space, giving the audience no choice but to truly listen to the message.
With clever humour hiding within the horrors of this new and current script, there is no doubt that Naylor has done it again. If you are looking for a show which will get you thinking about today’s society and where our priorities lie, Borders by Henry Naylor is the show for you.
Words Miriam Larrainzar
Picture: Rosalind Furlong
Borders by Henry Naylor, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 2-28 Aug (not 16), 4.30pm