Theatre review: Titania – A Solo Cabaret
Theatre review: Titania – A Solo Cabaret

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Titania – A Solo Cabaret, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★ This is a strange piece, an adaptation of the fairy queen’s love story from A Midsummer Night’s Dream that works neither as Shakespeare nor as cabaret. Writer-performer Anna-Helena McLean flits around the room embodying the tale’s characters, interspersing …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Titania – A Solo Cabaret, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters.

★★

This is a strange piece, an adaptation of the fairy queen’s love story from A Midsummer Night’s Dream that works neither as Shakespeare nor as cabaret.

Writer-performer Anna-Helena McLean flits around the room embodying the tale’s characters, interspersing the text with interludes of singing, live multi-track looping and cello.

She’s physically dynamic and musically inventive but there’s no emotional or intellectual purchase: McLean rattles through the verse conveying little sense of meaning or story, and the direct engagement with the audience is stagey, forced and sometimes excruciating.

Summerhall (Venue 26) until 30 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015

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