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Feel the dark side: touched. . .

Acres of green grassy fields and pints of smooth black beer are the tourist board images we often associate with rural Ireland. But, for 21-year-old Irish writer/director Ursula Rani Sarma. there lurks a world of torture and abuse beneath the idyllic surface.

Sarma highlights the darker side of quiet country life in touched. . ., a 60- minute odyssey tracking the lives of two children as they flee their rural environment and attempt to find solace on the streets of the country’s capital. Despite its serious subject matter, Sarma points out that the play is shot through with gentle lyricism and tinged with dark humour that rises when it is least expected.

A multi-award winner at the 1999 Irish Student Drama Awards, Sarma refuses to let financial restraints hold her back but incorporates this potential drawback into her aesthetic strategy: ‘l'm trying to create a minimalist style of performance without the use of sets. Most of the action depends on the actors themselves.’

Her back to basics approach is a welcome move away from theatre that too often relies on the seduction of the image rather than the strength of the text. (Davie Archibald)

I touched. . . (Fringe) Djinn/Granary Productions, H!” Street Theatre (Venue 4 7) 226 6522. 9—30 Aug (not 79) 72.30pm. £6 (£4). Previews 7 & 8Aug. E 4 (£3),

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