PropUp Theatre's charming Edinburgh Festival Fringe production explores the secret life of mail
This article is from 2014.
In this charming anti-Bartleby, newly appointed post office worker George crouches down to a pile of undelivered messages in the dead letter office. As paper rains on his head, he is overwhelmed by the potential heartbreak and sorrow the stranded post must have caused over the years.
When a young woman brings into question the importance of time and the merits of uncertainty his paper world ruptures little by little. His covert mission to bring order to chaos and right the wrongs of misdirected mail turns out to be as uncynical as a Pixar short but with more cardboard and sticky tape.
Not dissimilar to Idle Motion's visual storytelling style, PropUp Theatre's Dead Letters envelops the devised story with thrillingly inventive imagery and unexpected use of lighting and props. Rain pipes and umbrellas turn into trains or prison bars faster than you can lick a post stamp. The sustained visual pun of having the dead letter office workers wear anti-contamination CSI suits to distinguish the different main characters establishes a well-kept balance between silly and knowingly mawkish. YoungKhan's original music eggs the piece slightly towards the twee side but knowingly so: pleasant through and through.
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