The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha
- Eddie Harrison
- 13 August 2014
This article is from 2014.
Cheerful evocation of Cervantes’s crazy, crazy knight at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Taking on the thousand page novel by Cervantes might seem like a Quixotic attempt for a theatre company: the Little Soldier company may be tilting at windmills in their one-hour production, but emerge with a cheerfully and creatively shambolic success.
Patricia Rodriguez and Steve Harper take turns at playing the day-dreaming knight, with Merce Ribot as his errant cohort Sancho Panza, with the show punctuated with a cleverly integrated selection of live music from ethereal guitarist Maria Camahort. Reverence is not required to adapt such a playful, meta-fictional text, and Little Soldier do the right thing by being deliberately wrong-headed; the play opens as perversely as it can with the end and a feedback session with the audience. Along the way there are psychic monkeys, puppets, pillow fights, some impressively physical knockabout and a general anything-goes air that should win over fans of the book and entertainment seekers alike.
Directed by Ian Nicholson, the show is a likable slice of accomplished knockabout that, with a few minor cuts, would also make a good entertainment for family audiences; it’s also a neat introduction to Cervantes.
The Zoo, 662 6892, until Aug 25 (not 13, 20), £9 (£7).