Theatre review: The Bench
Theatre review: The Bench

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Bench, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★ A trio of vaguely sketched and even more vaguely connected stories unfold on or, in one case, near a park bench – a young couple work through their issues in the present day, a random meeting in the 1950s leads to …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Bench, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd.

★★

A trio of vaguely sketched and even more vaguely connected stories unfold on or, in one case, near a park bench – a young couple work through their issues in the present day, a random meeting in the 1950s leads to a sweet, old-school courtship and a tale of love across the class divide plays out like a Victorian curse and farce in one.

The likeable young cast throw themselves into the thin material, but the bench’s current down-and-out occupant Ducky, entertainingly pissed on Lambrini, writes the show’s own poster pull quote: “It’s not exactly Chekhov, is it?”

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53) until 20 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 14 August 2015

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