Jeremy Weller and Grassmarket Projects return with part two of a devised trilogy with Thomas McCrudden, a former gangland enforce, after Doubting Thomas last year (part 3 is coming in 2018). Thomas is a frightening force on stage, his mere presence is scary and they still haven't fully grasped the difference between stage violence and .... well, violence. The text is simple and repetitve (like an opera libretto!) but the story is clear. There are no excuses here, Thomas was a violent man who has reformed himself and tried his damndest to help others out of the violent road he trod - but the sytem is letting him down and making his desire to stay straight and help others hard.
An uncompromising play that will leave you wrung out and exhausted by its sheer power to frighten, not theatrically but physically. Try to meet Thomas afterwards in the courtyard - he smiles a most infectious smile, talks readily and is a genuine gent ... you will then have seen both sides of a quite remarkable human being.