Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Fable, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield.
The Flanagan Collective, the company behind Beulah and Some Small Love Story, returns to the Fringe with another charming piece of storytelling. Jay is a physics teacher with a heart defect who still dreams of becoming an astronaut. Through a dating website, she hooks up with Blair, a tree surgeon in the Argyll village of Ardfern, a stolid type who writes poems and dreams of building log cabins.
Fable is a strange mixture of whimsical love story and impassioned call to resist globalisation and champion sustainability, without being entirely clear about how these two marry up. It’s shot through with questions about what modern life demands of us, as well as more esoteric ones about what remains of us once we’re gone, and the extent to which one can (or should) hold on to one’s childhood dreams.
Performers Jim Harbourne and Veronica Hare engage easily when they speak directly to the audience, but the dialogue in the play is less dynamic, and there is little chemistry between the two. However, if you’re after whimsical sparkle with a poignant edge, Fable has that in spades, making it a pleasant place to spend an hour.
Summerhall (Venue 26) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 12 August 2015
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