Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock
There are shades of Tim Burton, Amanda Palmer and Les Enfants Terribles (who mentored this project ) to the Human Zoo Theatre Company’s quirky anthology of star-gazing short tales, and it’s a well-worked aesthetic. The company play a vaudevillain performing troupe whose car crashes deep in the forest on the way to a show one night, and the group decide to do the show right here and now, in the moonlight. They show us a variety of odd individuals obsessed with the night sky in some way, including the woman who reaches in vain for the stars – literally and metaphorically – in Hollywood, and the man with such a thirst for trivial knowledge that he absorbs too much and causes his head to swell like a planet.
That head-swelling effect is amusingly well-achieved, as is everything else going on in performer and director Florence O’Mahony’s light and entertaining piece. It’s enjoyable in a very distinctive manner, although there is a sense that this singularly stylised type of work puts its look and sound – a fusion of fairy lights, facepaints, accordion and saxophone – above a sense of substantial purpose. As one character has it when informed these are “silly little stories about silly little people”, “our stories are all we have left when we’re gone.” In which case, these ones are diverting and evocatively well-realised.
Pleasance Dome (Venue 23)
Published in The Scotsman
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