Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Fall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock.
Placing the story of Macbeth within the context of international finance is a simple, effective and perhaps too obvious idea, although Canterbury-based physical theatre company Entita enacts it in a pleasingly brisk and dynamic fashion. What it lacks in a strong narrative and a sense of tragedy, it makes up for in the physical presence and capability of the eight young performers involved. Although the details may not translate so well, an evocative sense of the milling paranoia being wrought by the main characters comes across in their precise physicality.
Created by Entita’s artistic director Katherine Hardman and originally presented as Fall to the Top by these University of Kent graduates at the Fringe in 2012 (they were also responsible for 2013’s Turbulence, a reworking of The Tempest), the piece recasts Shakespeare’s witches as three milling, business-suited office drones and Macbeth as a trader fearful his insider dealings may be exposed. He’s spurred on by a woman he works with – his Lady Macbeth – to commit murder to cover his tracks, amidst some nice set-pieces like a dance of tangled phone lines and a lovely moment where she picks him up and throws him mid-dance.
Greenside @ Infirmary Street (Venue 236)
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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