THe TRANSLATOR’s Dilemma
★★★★ Three Weeks
A lecturer begins to unravel mid-lesson when she discovers that she must deliver a case study about asbestos -- the deadly mineral that killed her own family.
This audience-interactive show was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2011, then invited to the 2012 Theaterszene Europa Festival in Cologne, Germany, where Scandal Theatre was the youngest of five Scottish companies asked to present work.
'I believe Phillippi could make a profound effect on others. To sculpt a problem of which one is on the outside into a convincing character suffering within it, as this writer-cum- actress does, requires impressive empathy. To frame said character portrait in a way as unusual and frequently risky as this is quintessential Fringe and quintessential five star. I look back at my notes and think “It's amazing that actually worked” and “If only I were immoral enough to steal that idea for myself”. If Scandal Theatre returns to the Fringe, not going would be a fallacy. If Scandal Theatre restrains itself to the Free Fringe again, not going would be idiotic.'
- Pat Massey, EdFringeReview.com
'The Translator's Dilemma carries a serious point, and it delivers it in a sensitive, thought-provoking way. It is never preachy – it isn't trying to moralise, merely to bring to the forefront of our attention an issue that is often left at the back.'
- Helen Catt, EdFringeReview.com
'Entering the venue at a breathless dash and apologising for her lateness, Jessica Phillippi immediately plunges the audience into The Translator’s Dilemma. It’s only as she begins welcoming us to “class” that we realise she is already acting. [...] A harrowing portrayal of her descent into hysteria and near-insanity.'
- Kirstin Innes, Three Weeks
The University of Glasgow
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Playwrights Studio Scotland
Clydebank Asbestos Group
Our crowdsourcing campaign funders
Director & Dramaturge: Ishbel McFarlane
Writer: Jessica Phillippi
Producer: Dom Hastings
Marketing: Kyriakos Vogiatzis
Web & Social Media Coordinator: Ross Barber
Sound Design: Ev Buckley
Audio Engineer: Pete MacDonald
Voiceovers: Barrie Hunter
Flyer Design: Jessica Ashman
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