Friday, 9 August 2013

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2013: REVIEW: All or Nothing?

Callàs Company

Greenside Venue

5 Aug 2013

runs until 24 Aug 2013

Going along to this show encompasses what I love about the Fringe. A random conversation with a theatregoer at C venues led to my and friend and I making a mad dash to see his show at Greenside on our lunch break, with very little idea of what it would be like. As it turns out, this is one of my favourite shows of the Fringe so far — funny, charming, lacking in pretension and altogether wonderful.

The concept works beautifully: two characters live in a silent world, one in the realm of imagination and mime, and the other in the realm of physical reality. They meet, become friends, fall in love. It sounds a bit too simple to engage your attention, but the characters' discovery of each other's worlds is imaginative and witty, as mutual bafflement raises many a laugh. James Callàs Ball and Jasmine Blackborow's mime is a joy to watch as the invisible, imaginary world is effortlessly brought to life through their performance, bringing humour to this light-hearted production without becoming over-exaggerated. It is, strangely, an utterly believable show despite its surreal plot.

Being only forty minutes, the show is a neat little production but should not be overlooked in the Fringe's saturated programme, being well-constructed and faultlessly performed by a talented cast of two, in a new company making its début at the Fringe. The jazz soundtrack is reminiscent of the silent movies of the 1930s, but with a fresh twist and beat which helps to keep the pace quick and light. A spot of audience participation at the curtain call means I can now say I have (technically) performed on a Fringe stage, so extra thanks must go to them for that!

A definite recommendation for theatregoers of all ages: I defy you to leave without a smile on your face.

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