- Clare McVay
- 2 November 2017
A post-apocalyptic tale, compromised by technology
The setting for Drone couldn't be more fitting; stumbling along a lesser known street in the Cowgate, you pass under a bridge and enter an almost hidden theatre, taking your seat in a pared-down, dark room with a low ceiling. The walls are plastered with maps and defaced propaganda. It's a clever choice for a play where all the action is set in a bunker, giving it a sense of claustrophobia that helps the audience connect quickly with the characters, all of whom are brought to life through competent, un-indulgent acting.
Combined with some clever writing and plot turns, this almost instant immersion into the characters' world creates some wonderfully tense, hold-your-breath moments. However, the emotive human storylines are overshadowed by technology, with special effects and a talking computer given centre stage too often. Unexplained voiceovers and video playbacks spout beautifully poetic lines and a major revelation in a quietly spoken line is lost among the background noise. It's all a little loud and confusing, but with a few tweaks this has real potential.