In The Surface Of A Bubble (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

In The Surface Of A Bubble

Photo: Anna Crozier

Ambitious and allegorical study into human motivation and creativity at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edward Day's play is nothing if not ambitious – an allegorical study into human motivation and creativity. In The Surface Of A Bubble weaves together Lecoq trained physical theatre, live music and puppetry with a dark, fragmentary structure.

Michelle (Line Moller-Christensen) is a naif; Nathan (Adam Cridland), her power-crazed polar opposite. Both are truth-seekers, but their ideal, to re-build a utopian society when a city named Logic is beset by war, can only be doomed to failure – or so it initially seems.

Perspectives are ever-shifting, and the cyclical nature of the piece is consistently lively, with Day and Amelie Leroy representing the elements (Time and the Wind respectively), and all four cast members swapping characters with aplomb. Found objects like cans and utensils are imbued with souls, and masks are even worn on the performers' backsides.

Battles between conscience and action, individualism and collective responsibilty, persist, yet all are presented in a Puckish manner – whether mimed or in a martial arts choreography.

Day's script crackles with joy, even if it does rather buckle under the weight of its ambition a little. No matter – with a fine cast and more ideas than many family plays, it is rather lovely.

Zoo, The Pleasance, 662 6892, until 24 Aug, 1.30pm, £9 (£7).

In The Surface Of A Bubble

  • 3 stars
  • Directed by: Edward Day
  • Written by: Edward Day

Edward Day presents a puppet show inspired by anime and martial arts films, in which half-masks, capoeira, kung-fu and live jazz are used to tell a story about how the universe came to be.