Hannah Norris starts Duncan Graham's play CUT with smiley pre-flight style safety announcement. There are going to be a complete blackouts so there are things we should and shouldn't do.
Blackout is an accurate description. It is so dark you can't tell the difference between having your eyes open or closed. The only points of reference are sound and you can't hear Hannah Norris move so you don't know where she is going to be when the lights come back on. With the sound of trains rumbling above your head, you feel the weight of the space in the darkness, you feel contained.
I thought it would be unnerving, perhaps a bit scary. I don't like the dark (light pollution is my friend) but here I wasn't scared at all. It was something else but I'll come onto that.
In between the dark spells you get snatches of stories. An air hostess is stalked, there is a house and a woman with scissors and two children inflicting cruelty onto a fish they've caught. There are objects or aspects in each that connect them. There is a nastiness. Are they one person's story? Is part of someone's imagination?