An Air Balloon Across Antarctica (3 stars)

This article is from 2007.

An Air Balloon Across Antarctica

Blockbuster themes and basket cases

We all cope differently with grief, however we can probably assume that very few of us are likely to grab a hamster, jump in a hot air balloon and journey across Antarctica in the style of this slightly surreal play’s protagonist. Talking hamsters with an addiction to Special-K and ghosts of long dead explorers aside, it’s a simple human relationship story as a couple struggle to communicate after the death of their seven-year-old son. With key themes that wouldn’t look out of place in a Hollywood blockbuster, of not being afraid to take chances and the dangers of longing to be something or someone that you’re not, this piece certainly has wide appeal and Sophie Lampel, in the role of the Hamster, makes it well worth the ticket price. (Nicola Husband)

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 20), 5.20pm, £7.50–£8.50 (£6–£7).

An Air Balloon Across Antarctica

  • 3 stars

As a minor female celebrity seeks comfort in a balloon journey she hallucinates Scott of the Antarctic, Shackleton and Amelia Earhart in this story of human intimacy and the need for isolation and epic adventure. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

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