The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyll

15th Oak Productions return memorably to Fringe with soul-searching tragicomedy

Eric Argyll died at 11.42am two days ago; yet here he is, heart aching, mind racing in a confusing laboratory-cum-limbo-land. The Life and Sort … is another highly accomplished piece from the team behind last year’s success Minute After Midday. 15th Oak Productions return to the Fringe to present their tragicomedy about the recently deceased Eric, a man caught in a land of memories and time forgotten.

Overlapping story strands slowly unfold to create touching revelations as our anti-hero relives the critical decisions that informed his life; meanwhile, a consummate ensemble of actors share the role of narrator and cast in an ambitious show posing wider, relatable questions about regrettable choices and loves lost.

The musical soundtrack, played by the cast, is used to good, dramatic effect, while some savvy set design shows the skill further enhances the overall excellent production values.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 13), noon, £8.50--£9.50 (£7.50--£8.50).

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle

  • 4 stars

Eric's having a bad Sunday. It's late, he's still in his pyjamas, a room full of people staring at him, and he died at 11.42am, two days ago. This new play from 15th Oak Productions innovatively tells the story, equal parts comic and tragic, of Eric Argyle, the man who barely lived enough to have regrets. From the…

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