Oran Mor, Glasgow, until Sat 1 Dec
For a couple of decades now, the name Paddy Cunneen has been associated with quality music and soundscapes in Scottish drama. His work has travelled far beyond our borders, with a number of Broadway credits to his name. Much more recently, though, Cunneen has branched out, taking more complete artistic control by assuming the role of director, most notably in his production of The Tempest at the Tron last year.
His latest outing in lunchtime theatre at Oran Mor will no doubt also incorporate his music, which has provided many a treat for theatregoers over the years, but the focus of this piece, whatever its classical antecedents, is more political than his melodic Shakespeare. Fleeto tells the story of a young man forced into Glasgow gang culture, a journey into violence that speaks much about ongoing concerns about the use of knives among the young there. Drawn from the Iliad, the piece makes the unusual choice of verse drama to convey its message, though verse, of course, scans well with music. Expect a rather heightened experience of a contemporary issue.