Phantomysteria (3 stars)

This article is from 2008.


Apocalyptic open-air performance

A chimp-pig like creature and a sinewy torn-suited survivor find solace in each other before enforcers aggressively intervene. The planet is destroyed and those who remain are living at the beginning of an era where new laws reign. But because humans are, regretfully, human, history repeats itself with as much destruction as ever.

Framed by doomsday pyrotechnics and projections, the show evokes violence and innocence, discharging hate and love through a tussle of awkward movement that is clumsy and grotesque at moments, serene and sensitive at others. Punctuated with explosive sound, plumes of smothering smoke and a car wheel spinning onto the scene, the performance gives a macabre reminder that there will always be destruction on the planet as long as humans are resident. An uncomfortable and exhausting performance to witness, and yet it will haunt you.

Old College Quad, 662 8740, until 25 Aug (not 18), 10pm, £10 (£8).


  • 3 stars

Pyrotechnic-laden performance set on a doomed planet. It's uncomfortable and exhausting to witness, and yet it will haunt you. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'

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