PREVIEW DISCLAIMER: The Fear of Breathing doesn't open to official reviewers until tomorrow.
Philip Lindley's pretty impressive set of volcanic cracks in ancient stone is bedecked with monitors, on which sometimes harrowing footage from within the conflict is screened (multimedia designed by Dan Shorten.) There's a bit of the feel of a TV news studio, appropriately enough in a play that keeps coming back to the wildly different stories being told depending on which news outlet you're watching.
Cirque de SolAriel, here Adam Youssefbeygi as student protester Quataba gets tortured as punishment for his part in The Oresteia (and gives a more focused performance in the process.) The play's not perfect, with some heavy-handedness at times and a single-minded point of view: The closest thing to a dissenting opinion is the lovable hotelier Peter (David Broughton-Davies) who's done quite well under Assad and is mainly concerned by the lack of income the uprising has resulted in; but even he starts to express concerns about the official story he's being fed by the government. Still, a powerful and never boring piece of political theatre.
The Fear of Breathing by Zoe Lafferty, edited from interviews and material collected by Ruth Sherlock, Paul Wood and Zoe Lafferty, is booking until the 11th of August at the Finborough Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes including interval.