The word I would use to describe this production is ‘intricate’.
As anyone who’s ever been involved in any kind of show will know, they’re not easy things to put on.
Imagine trying to get somewhere in a hurry, when all of a sudden you get stuck behind someone who’s walking painfully slowly.
It’s not hard to be cynical.
Given the title of this show, you might have been expecting action, adventure and plenty of pyrotechnics.
Ah, the English country garden.
The food’s great in Edinburgh, isn’t it? You’ve got all those stalls selling gourmet hot dogs and falafel, every venue has its own cafe - I’m even sitting in a coffee shop …
James Whiteaker is a train announcer who has never been on a train.
There’s one astonishingly effective scene of violence in this show.
The lights go down.
You know that uncle you have who doesn’t know when to stop talking? Who assumes you’re interested in every conversation he had with every person he spoke to today and thinks hi…
‘Oh yeah! Harder! Do it to me!’ Would you eavesdrop on your neighbours’ sex life? It’s hard to not be a little curious about what other people get up to.
Shall I compare this show to a summer’s day? I wouldn’t call it lovely or temperate.
This is a show about a man living on his own in an isolated arctic base listening to whale song.
This is a show that is sumptuous to look at: the atmospheric lighting, projections of blue skies and clouds, the dancing, the synthetic 80s glamour which pervades the set and costu…
Waiting in the Summerhall lobby, three other people and I are greeted by a smiling American in chunky glasses who takes us downstairs.
Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure Books, where you got to pick what happens at the end of each page? Nathan Penlington does.
Ah, the classic boy-meets-overcoat tale.
I really wanted to like this show.
The opening of Solfatara prepares you for something atmospheric - a bit creepy, a bit strange.
This is already a popular show: the queue outside the venue stretched halfway down the street; once inside, the less punctual audience members were scanning the crowd for a single …
This is not an easy show to watch.
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