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).


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