Theatre review: The Temptation of St Anthony
Theatre review: The Temptation of St Anthony

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Temptation of St Anthony, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★ Why is it that some people believe they are possessed by ­demons? This ambitious, imaginative and uneven show boldly attempts to explore the question, drawing on the ritualistic practices of spiritualism and religion, as well as an ancient …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Temptation of St Anthony, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott.

★★

Why is it that some people believe they are possessed by ­demons? This ambitious, imaginative and uneven show boldly attempts to explore the question, drawing on the ritualistic practices of spiritualism and religion, as well as an ancient Egyptian legend.

There is beautiful singing, subtle use of percussion, and creatively imagined set pieces. However, the awkward naturalistic dialogue doesn’t provide enough insight into the fascinating subject matter. A clearer perspective would help to give the piece greater shape, and while the diverse cast provide an all-encompassing look at spiritual beliefs, some of their performances could do with being reined in.

Summerhall (Venue 26) until 30 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 19 August 2015

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