Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Miss Sarah, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd.
New London-based company Cicada Studios make a good account of themselves with their inaugural production Miss Sarah, inspired by the Kate Miller-Heidke song, Sarah, which was inspired by true events.
A teenage girl is missing and another is in danger of going the same way. Sarah was last seen at a music festival weeks earlier and her best friend Melissa is wandering the back roads of nowheresville, Australia, in the hope of tracking her down.
Meanwhile, back at home, her formerly estranged father and the aunt who brought her up are at loggerheads over how best to proceed, unsure whether they should be searching or grieving and forced to confront their uncomfortable shared history.
Writer Ella Cook dangles these intriguing strands but keeps the story largely in limbo, mirroring Mel’s status. The simple but effective staging and assured performances by the cast just about maintain the tension around the knotted family relationships, the ambiguous intentions of the older man who gives Mel a lift and even the manipulative Mel herself.
ZOO (Venue 124) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 17 August 2015
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