The Domino Effect (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

The Domino Effect

Touching collaborative drama from Fin Kennedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Playwright Fin Kennedy has produced some astonishingly mature, resonant work with the girls of Tower Hamlets’ Mulberry School in recent Fringes, in shows such as Mehndi Night and the Fringe First-winning The Unravelling. Their latest collaboration has a lot to live up to, and although it feels less ambitious both dramatically and emotionally, it’s still a considerable achievement – a touching fable about the interconnectedness of us all, and how one thing can lead to another, and another, and another, for good or bad.

There’s a healthy dose of magic realism in Kennedy’s tale of a child who refuses to speak in protest at the evil in the world, but who, with the help of a flamboyant antiques seller, sets about putting things right by distributing dominoes as good luck talismans. And that sense of fantasy is reflected in an inventively fluid, quick-fire delivery, with actors throwing lines of the narration between them, and some effective and well-considered movement.

Performances are somewhat variable, though, even if they’re never less than thoroughly committed, but the play’s unexpected conclusion feels tellingly apt for a work dealing with unintended consequences.

The Space @ Surgeons Hall, 510 2384, until 14 Aug (not 10), £8 (£5).

The Domino Effect

  • 3 stars

Mulberry Theatre Company Welcome to Tower Hamlets. This is East London as you've never seen it before. Here, nothing is as it seems. It is a world where baby spirits inhabit rainclouds, where time can be bought in shops, a world where pianos bite the fingers of their players, debts rise up as demons and dominoes are ivory…