Past Half Remembered

  • 14 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

This is simply the best play I’ve seen in years. This multi-national company know their craft inside out and upside down. They know exactly how to draw in an audience and engage our hearts and minds right from the start. In fact, they begin to weave their magic while you queue outside and they never stop until the very last beat of the play.

Based on a true story of a Russian woman who lived to over 100, this is primarily a love story set amongst the disorder and grief of the Great War and the subsequent turmoil in Russia.

The tone is mostly comic but the play expertly shifts into and out of other areas at a moment’s notice. The actors play around with the notion of the fourth wall, they engage in hilarious comedy, they sing, play their own instruments and all the time their characters tell this story beautifully, enthralling and entertaining the audience throughout.

This is that old cliché: a must-see play. (Alistair Rutherford)

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug (not 14), 3.50pm

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