Beans on Toast
Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review Theatre: Beans on Toast at Zoo Southside (Venue 82), reviewed by Sally Stott

Like stepping into a student flat, one of those nicer ones with fairy lights and knitted throws on the sofa, rather than a sink full of E coli, this imaginatively told story of young love from graduates of the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts is full of energy and optimism.

The way it’s conveyed is more interesting than the story itself, which is basically a simple romance, with a moving twist.

The rainbow-coloured set of bunting and cheery household objects proves that a small budget needn’t mean a couple of chairs and nothing else. It, along with live folk music and physical theatre, is used in innovative ways to inject everyday activities with youthful playfulness.

Through self-contained scenes of Jen and Scott’s relationship we get a cosy insight into how their life as a couple developed, as well as Scott’s relationship with another woman at a different time. While the decision to have multiple performers play single characters makes the fragmented story challenging to grasp at first, everything becomes clear through an ending that, without dialogue, unwinds the past.

Until 25 August. more info

Originally published in The Scotsman

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