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IT’S per­haps a mea­sure of the trauma of the war in for­mer Yu­goslavia – which be­gan some 18 years ago – that plays about it are rel­a­tively rare, even to­day. Alek­san­dra Bilic’s new drama

Par­ti­san Ba­bies, play­ing on the Free Fes­ti­val, is a brave at­tempt to get to grips with some of the key is­sues sur­round­ing the con­flict, in­clud­ing the sud­den flar­ing of hos­til­ity be­tween old friends from dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups, the role of the me­dia, and the strange slip­page of time through which the me­mory of war sud­denly re-emerges in the present, al­most two decades on. The time scheme of Par­ti­san

Ba­bies is slightly con­fus­ing, as it slips be­tween scenes set at the height of the con­flict, and those set af­ter­wards. But it’s staged with real flair in the up­stairs room at the Count­ing house, as mem­bers of the five­strong cast stride out of the au­di­ence to as­sert their role in the drama. And there’s a real po­etry, too, in the writ­ing; as a bruised gen­er­a­tion tries to help one an­other sur­vive the kind of ex­pe­ri­ence no hu­man be­ing should ever have to un­dergo.

JOyCE MCMILLAN

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