Theatre review: Beethoven in Stalingrad
Theatre review: Beethoven in Stalingrad

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Beethoven in Stalingrad, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★ Letters home from the front by 12 different men sit at the heart of this monologue with music. Envelopes lie scattered around the stage, expectantly, picked up one at a time by actor Jesper Arin. The letters themselves are real, …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Beethoven in Stalingrad, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter

★★

Letters home from the front by 12 different men sit at the heart of this monologue with music. Envelopes lie scattered around the stage, expectantly, picked up one at a time by actor Jesper Arin.

The letters themselves are real, written by German soldiers in Stalingrad during Christmas 1942, but never delivered, which should make watching this show feel like a punch to the heart.
But, ether through circumstance or arrogance, Arin directed his own performance – resulting in virtually no differentiation between the men.

Everything is delivered on the same level, with scant physicality, making emotional connection virtually impossible.

Spotlites (venue 278), until 31 August, 12:15pm.

Published in The Scotsman on 29 August 2015

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