REVIEW – The Uncertainty Files (A Play, A Pie & A Pint), The Traverse


If one thing in life is certain, it’s…well…nothing. This is the theme of Linda McLean’s The Uncertainty Files, the latest co-production between Oran Mor and Paines Plough as part of the Traverse’s A Play, A Pie & A Pint season.

Three actors – Stephen Duffy, Lesley Hart and Helen Mallon – take seats behind desks and microphones then, in a series of short dramatised interview responses, talk about everything from love, relationships, parents and death. The one common theme being their certainty – or lack of – about what they feel and think.

This is a sparse piece, with the cast juggling multiple parts between them, switching genders and changing posture as they switch into the different monologues. After a while, this takes on an hypnotic mood as the subdued, contemplative tone of The Uncertainty Files takes hold.

Performances and dialogue convince throughout, with the dramatised transcripts peeling layers from the everyman/woman which the diverse characters represent. Both poignant and uplifting, the play resonates with a touching gentleness and subtlety that unites us all in an uncertain world.

BONUS PIE REVIEW: Although the mutton pie may sound the least appetising of the varieties on offer, its substantial meatiness proves to be an unexpected and wholesome treat.

Ticket information is available on the Traverse website.

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