Exsomnia: Fringe Review









Using theatre as an outlet to explore the world of dreams is always a bold move, and one that is very difficult to do convincingly. Therefore, a play that tries to capture the terror experienced when one is unable to distinguish between reality and imagination would have to be done very well for it not to come across as ridiculous. Clearly influenced by the likes of Alfred Hitchock and David Lynch, Phonographic’s production attempts to create a nightmarish vision that is chilling to watch. Instead, they produce a painful hour of incoherent nonsense. With a grating soundtrack and unbelievably repetitive storyline, this is a production that fails on almost every turn. An admirable idea, but one which ultimately flounders.

C soco, 14 – 27 Aug, 12.00pm (12.55pm), £5.50 – £8.50, fpp260.

tw rating 1/5

Taken from Three Weeks, published online Tue Aug 30th 2011.

Echoes: Fringe Review









Despite the relatively cloying metaphors, Acting Thru Dance create an innovative production that interweaves the disciplines of dance, physical theatre and acting. It follows a woman who reminisces on the highs and lows of her life, and her various actions and decisions are portrayed through compelling choreography that covers a variety of different dance styles. Social media is used as a platform to explore the various pathways in her life. The central character is played by four different dancers, and the role offers a diversity that showcases each individual’s talents. Supported by a decent soundtrack and interesting narrative, this is a commendable piece of physical theatre that offers something refreshingly alternative.

C aquila, 14 – 20 Aug, 2.00pm (2.45pm), £4.50 – £8.50, fpp169. 

tw rating 3/5 

Taken from Three Weeks, published online Sun Aug 21st 2011.

Orpheus and Eurydice: Fringe Review









The tragic Greek tale of loss and undying love is re-awakened here in an adaptation that combines classic verse and modern language with a refreshing musical accompaniment. A relatively sparse set leaves the audience to imagine the flourishing forests above and the destitute loneliness of the underworld; allusions to modern references illustrate that this is an adaptation that seeks to move away from the classic story whilst retaining its unique essence. Sadly this comes across as ambiguous, and the acting performances are poor, meaning that overall, this isn’t a great experience even though the impressive voices of the lead characters are a saving grace. Recommended only for hardcore fans of Greek tragedy and musicals.

C, 3 – 16 Aug, 10.55pm (11.45pm), free, fpp230.

tw rating 2/5

Taken from Three Weeks, published online Tue Aug 16th 2011.

The World According to Bertie: Fringe Review









Andy Jordan’s latest contribution to the Fringe is a faithful adaptation of the much loved novel 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith. It seeks to explore the innocence and honesty of childhood in a world that constantly questions the manner in which children should be raised. With various sub-plots intertwined with the overarching story of love and friendship, this is a well-orchestrated piece of theatre that serves as a poignant representation of our own society. The naivety found in the titular character comes across as both endearing yet depressing when one considers the corruption of youth experienced in adolescence. This is a beautifully charming show that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

C soco, 4 – 29 Aug (not 15), times vary, £6.50 – £10.50, fpp312. 

tw rating 3/5

Taken from Three Weeks, published Mon Aug 15th 2011.

Three Weeks 2011 – Daily Edition #11, Aug 15th

The Prophecy: Fringe Review









Irish and contemporary choreography are fused together in this exciting production from Leith based company, Siamsoir. The fantastical tale, which combines dance and theatrical storytelling, provides an innovative portrayal of the art form, and doesn’t disappoint. With impressive performances from the leading dancers – Aaron Jeffrey in particular, whose suppleness and fluidity allows for a somewhat hypnotic experience – it is clear that its choreography has been well thought out. It isn’t without its faults though, as less confident performers whose lack of conviction in their movements doesn’t allow for the seamless transition from one step to the next, creates a static atmosphere; but this is a small price to pay for what is otherwise a highly magical and enjoyable show.

C, 13 – 29 Aug, 12.05pm (12.55pm), £4.50 – £9.50, fpp175. 

tw rating 3/5

Taken from Three Weeks, published Mon Aug 15th 2011.

Three Weeks 2011 – Weekly Edition #2, Aug 15th

Lullabies of Broadmoor – The Murder Club: Fringe Review









Set in the midst of Britain’s genocidal war in Iraq, Steve Hennessy’s chilling story of murder, madness and redemption is a powerful piece of theatre. Exploring morality and mentality through strong acting performances and a well-written script, it follows the lives of two men committed to Broadmoor psychiatric hospital after engaging in acts of murder. A twisted tale of deceit and deception unfolds as the men plan an evening of entertainment. With a combination of live-action and flashbacks, we learn of the men’s past and actions which led them to the hospital, allowing us to explore their characters in considerable detail. With impeccable acting and a strong plot, this is a truly enjoyable production.

C, 4 – 20 Aug (Alternate Dates) 24 26 27, times vary, £6.50 – £10.50, fpp277. 

tw rating 4/5 

Taken from Three Weeks, published Mon Aug 15th 2011.

Three Weeks 2011 – Weekly Edition #2, Aug 15th