Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
12:15 / 1 hour
Reviewed on Friday 7th August 2015
Inspired by a true story, Lottie Finklaire's play A+E cleverly juxtaposes the build up and aftermath of a terrible accident. The piece delves into the intensity of friendship and the complications of love, whilst touching on the fear and impact of loss.
While the story is thought-provoking and well constructed, Gabrielle Sheppard's production lacks fluidity. Cast members are often rushing on and off between scenes or turning their back to hide in the corner once their scene is over. The piece has potential for style to heighten the effect and power of the issues raised; but unfortunately too many opportunities have been missed. A+E has been staged with a lack of imagination and has an amateurish vibe.
One of the joys of fringe theatre is that you get to see actors telling stories up close and personal with nowhere to hide. Performers can bring extra detail to their portrayals which would simply be missed in larger theatres. At times, the standard of acting in A+E is awkwardly low; performances are shallow with emotions and tones coming from nowhere. The highlight of the show is the acoustic song performed by the cast as the audience enter, but from thereon after it all goes downhill.
Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)
A+E runs at the Pleasance Courtyard until 31st August 2015.
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