The Fall of Man (3 stars)

This article is from 2009.

The Fall of Man

An affair between middle-aged, middle-class Peter and his children’s Slavic nanny is told with contemporary dialogue and passages from Paradise Lost recited as private thoughts. Milton’s long lines feel rushed and therefore unlike real-life musings, but powerful body language, unnerving music, and the clash of native and non-native idioms and priorities create loaded moments.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6557, until 30 Aug, 2.45pm, £8.50–£8.50 (£7–£8).

The Fall of Man

  • 3 stars

Fringe First winners' welcome return with startling reinvention of 'Paradise Lost' in a bedsit. 2006: 'the real thing' (Guardian); 'perfection, heartstopping' (; 'the best' (British Theatre Guide); 'full frontal assault' (Metro); 'hard-edged, relentless theatre' (Scotsman).


1. Other Reviews10 Aug 2009, 9:27pm4 stars The Fall of Man Report
The Fall of Man Review **** 9th Aug 2009
… the action alternates between dialogue and monologue excerpts from Milton's original to great affect, using the language to reflect the scene that's passed and evoke the next. This is a superbly inventive and beautifully adapted piece that grips the audience in a vice and refuses to let them escape. It brilliantly highlights the temptation of Milton's piece, with the flesh of the fatal apple in the Garden of Eden compared to the flesh of the actors on display in coarse, guttural theatre not for the faint-hearted. Effectively delivered by Rose and Day, they play their characters with outstanding conviction, starting with uncontrollable lust but developing into violent assassins for each others hearts as jealousy and selfishness become unbearable; scenes flickering between humorous conversations, poetic reflection and raging, invidious outbursts. Summed up best in Veronica's line to Peter, ‘Everything is a deal', Holloway keeps it moving at such a beat that emotional outlines are starkly surfaced; highlighting that humanity is inherently selfish in this skillfully reflective, dark and brooding piece.

Audience Reviews: Edinburgh

***** Fall of Man 09 Aug 2009
reviewer: Emma W, Scotland
Intense and claustrophobic, this is how fringe theatre should make you feel (if you ARE claustrophobic this is a tiny, hot venue.) The two actors are convincing, maintain an electric tension and the modern day narrative drives the play along at some pace. The fastest 50 minutes of the festival so far. Excellent,absorbing stuff.

MUST SEE!!! 09 Aug 2009
***** reviewer: Amanda, UK
Full of energy, this first class show is well written, performed and has visual impact. The and director should win the nobel prize for literature and watch out for the director and actors, you will see them again and you saw them here first. True drama, full energy that grips the audience throughout. A portrayal of God and the Devil as Adam and Eve in Genesis all seen in a bedsit with a nanny and her employer. If you like meaningful Drama and see nothing else this festival - g.o and see this.

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