Theatre review: A Divine Comedy
Theatre review: A Divine Comedy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Divine Comedy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★ Fringe stalwart Mike Maran has undertaken the not inconsiderable task of adapting Dante’s Divine Comedy, only one of the greatest and heftiest works of classical literature, for the stage, and does so with love and a fair degree of faithfulness, …

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

★★

Fringe stalwart Mike Maran has undertaken the not inconsiderable task of adapting Dante’s Divine Comedy, only one of the greatest and heftiest works of classical literature, for the stage, and does so with love and a fair degree of faithfulness, eschewing the opportunity to make 21st-century connections but putting himself in Dante’s place to make the journey through Inferno and Purgatorio to Paradiso.

However, the results feel more like a cosy, chummy, conversational precis spooling out over two hours – with a couple of props and a break for wine – than an involving piece of theatre.

Valvona & Crolla (Venue 67) until 30 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 18 August 2015

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