Cinematic scenes on high
This article is from 2009.
Taking the melodrama, sophistication and archetypes of the film noir genre, this gravity-defying show certainly has its work cut out. Not only do the performers have to scale heights and work with an array of equipment, they also attempt to weave a narrative into their circus skills. Which is perhaps why, at times, it feels as though neither of these elements is winning.
The storyline, such as it is, centres on an unsolved murder. A detective attempts to unravel the mystery of his lover’s death, leading him to encounters with a blonde woman and enigmatic client. Or at least that’s what it says in their publicity material – top marks if you can figure all that out simply from watching it.
The company’s aerial technique is largely strong, but in the confines of the space, they’re restricted to fairly minimal gestures. Watching them skilfully climb a narrow rope as if it were a flight of stairs, you get the impression some of them are capable of a whole lot more. If only they weren’t wasting time wandering endlessly around the stage in a bid to inject some drama into proceedings.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 16 Aug, 4pm, £7.50–£8.50 (£6.50–£7.50).