Edd Hedges: For Eva, From Forever Ago
- Brian Donaldson
- 13 August 2018
A journey into hell dominates this pulsing drama
The Fringe should always have a space for sensitive storytelling comedians and Edd Hedges is swiftly marking out his place in that genre. Following on from last year's debut Wonderland, he brings us For Eva, From Forever Ago, an extremely winding tale which takes us from an obsession with Winnie the Pooh's existential philosophy to a dark road called Snakes Lane where disaster seems certain to strike.
Motor journeys are at the core of this (after all, they are an obvious metaphor for life, aren't they?) with Hedges taking a decidedly ill-advised semi-control of his vehicle after consuming way too many magic mushrooms. Meanwhile his dad, as a lorry-driving lumberjack in the late 70s, had an encounter to forget on the narrow country roads near their home.
While Hedges wants this to be remembered as a narrative about the power of stories, it's the family drama at the heart of his tale which keeps momentum pulsing forwards. Though he ramps up a tension which is released a little anti-climactically at the grand finale, like all the best journeys, the trip was well worth taking for its own sake.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug (not 13), 4pm, £8–£10 (£7–£9).