No Place for Dreams (2 stars)

This article is from 2008.

No Place for Dreams

Don't wake the volcano

Brief Candle Theatre makes its Fringe debut with No Place For Dreams, a show by Paul Whitfield that boasts a lot of energy, but is altogether too austere. On a volcanic island filled with Spray-Riders, Wind-Eaters and Fire and Soil people, we meet Loam, a boy of the Soil who is unhappy that he's part of the island's most humble group. The island society forbids the groups from mixing, in case they offend the spirit of the volcano - so when Loam befriends Ashe, a girl from the dignified Fire group, both are sentenced to death.

In their portrayal of a society that follows primitive rules, the Brief Candle players tend to shout their lines rather than act them, and one character in particular offers ear-splitting screams. The plot's extreme seriousness, along with the mid-show beating scene, may disappoint some parents. And the players' habit of stopping the show to congratulate the audience on how well they are listening and clapping along, feels planned and insincere.

The Space @ Venue 45, 556 0476, until 23 August (not 17), 1.05 pm, £6.50 (£5).

No Place for Dreams

  • 2 stars

For their first time at the Fringe, Brief Candle Theatre perform a tale of forbidden love in a harsh caste-based society. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.


1. Nic15 Aug 2008, 3:37pm5 stars No Place for Dreams Report

A fabulous show. Yes, it was serious, but it was great to see some intelligent drama for children - and actually it works for all the family. That's not to say it was all bleak and dismal - there are some very funny moments, and an uplifting ending (literally). The use of some very simple props to generate the various settings on the island was very imaginative and powerful, and the message about self determination and trying to do new things was pretty clear but never in a preachy or patronising way.

The actors are energetic and enthusiastic, and their belief in the story is transparent.

Overall, an unusual and engrossing performance.

BTW, if parents are concerned about the 'beating', it happens off stage and out of sight and there is a lot less violence than in your standard cartoon or pantomime... usual children's fare...

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