Past Half Remembered (3 stars)

  • 11 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Perhaps very vaguely based on Proust, this comic romance about a 100-year-old French speaking woman recalling her marriage to a Russian soldier " and thus recounting his country’s history from First World War through Revolution to Second " is played as farce. The cast, who comprise the cute old biddie and a bumbling musical chorus, give it their all, and they’re rewarded with belly laughs from the crowd. But it’s all a bit ham-fisted, with rather too much mucking about where the show might have benefited from a tighter script. Still, you get serenaded with folk tunes and plied with vodka while queuing to go in. (Miles Fielder)

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 28 Aug, 3.50pm, £8.50-£9.50 (£7-£8).

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