Theatre review: Rope
Theatre review: Rope

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Rope, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★ Watching this promenade performance is a bit like finding yourself in an Alexander McCall Smith novel. Some students are hauling a body through the streets of Edinburgh in a trunk – and the audience follows on ­behind, from The Edinburgh ­Academy to …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Rope, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith

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Watching this promenade performance is a bit like finding yourself in an Alexander McCall Smith novel. Some students are hauling a body through the streets of Edinburgh in a trunk – and the audience follows on ­behind, from The Edinburgh ­Academy to a bar in St Stephen Street and on to the little park at the end of Scotland Street.

It’s an imaginative idea based on Hitchock’s movie of the perfect crime. But there are problems with trying to relocate an urbane New York literary milieu to Edinburgh’s New Town. What is supposed to be sophisticated just comes across as stiff and snooty.

The Edinburgh Academy (Venue 70), until 19 August, 1:15pm & 3:15pm / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 15 August 2015

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