Theatre review: Lotto: Karma of the Alchemist
Theatre review: Lotto: Karma of the Alchemist

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Lotto: Karma of the Alchemist, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr. ★★★ A Korean company of acrobats/magicians performs this strange piece in which the special effects and the acrobatics steal the show. It’s quite difficult to follow, told as it is through mime and movement, but the gist seems to …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Lotto: Karma of the Alchemist, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr.

★★★

A Korean company of acrobats/magicians performs this strange piece in which the special effects and the acrobatics steal the show. It’s quite difficult to follow, told as it is through mime and movement, but the gist seems to be what happens to a trio of guys who buy a ticket to the biggest lottery rollover in Korean history. The alchemist/lottery ticket seller turns back time to show what happened before the winning ticket was drawn.

Initially, the Benny Hill-esque music, old-fashioned slapstick comedy and constant oohs and gasps from the young woman playing the alchemist are irritating and it is a bit of a challenge to follow what’s happening. However, there are some very charming, Amelie-like, moments when the alchemist stops time and changes the turn of events and when a supposed member of the audience is brought onstage – behind a big brolly emblazoned with “ My Ex” – to be part of the story. Her game participation – before you begin to suspect she is a plant – is hugely enjoyable.

Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17) until 31 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015

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