Theatre review: An Illuminating Yarn
Theatre review: An Illuminating Yarn

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: An Illuminating Yarn, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★ This threadbare comedy-drama isn’t half as interesting as the true story that inspired it. And even that was only mildly diverting. A few years ago, knitted figurines began appearing without explanation on the pier at Saltburn, near Teesside. The identity …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: An Illuminating Yarn, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw.

★★

This threadbare comedy-drama isn’t half as interesting as the true story that inspired it. And even that was only mildly diverting. A few years ago, knitted figurines began appearing without explanation on the pier at Saltburn, near Teesside. The identity of the “yarn bomber” has never been discovered.

Here we find two friends, one attractive and outgoing, the other a dowdy depressive, visiting the pier at night in the hope of solving the mystery. The actors do what they can with this doggedly unfunny piece, which dawdles, with delusions of meaning, towards a misjudged and unlikely denouement.

The Space on the Mile (Venue 39) until 15 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 10 August 2015

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