Theatre review: Breaking News

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Breaking News at Summerhall (Venue 26), reviewed by Joyce McMillan

Sara Marti and S Sunna Reynisdottir are two young puppeteers and theatre-makers based in London and Reykjavik; and this latest show from their company VaVaVoom makes a brave and visually inventive attempt to get to grips with a world in which we all seem addicted to 24-hour rolling news and internet updates.

The show’s central character, represented by a red dressing gown, seems to be an old journalist, sitting at a kitchen table in the window of an apartment block, surrounded by radio and newspaper, laptop, television and smartphone. The apartment block itself is vividly realised through a set that combines live action with a wall of subtle monochrome video, showing other apartments, other lives.

The problem is it’s not entirely clear what happens next; it’s as if the central character, in tiny puppet form, has a dream or takes a journey into a past life where he travelled the world, visiting war-ravaged cities, and hammering out stories on a typewriter.

VaVaVoom could do with more narrative clarity and less hi-tech visuals, if, as well as providing a sophisticated spectacle in the fashionable world of miniature theatre, they want their shows to move and provoke.

Until 25 August. Today 3pm

More info: Breaking News is at Summerhall

Originally published in The Scotsman

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