Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Cross The Shifting Sands, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw
Unless there is a show this year being performed inside a bidet – there probably is – this may well be the Fringe’s most intimate theatrical experience. Rarely have I experienced such an almost non-existent distance between artist and audience.
But don’t be alarmed, those among you of a shyer bent; this bewitching one-man dramatisation of the life of Wizard Of Oz creator L. Frank Baum won’t intrude intensely on your personal space.
On the contrary, you may find yourself immersed within the snug, eccentric confines of the great and powerful American author’s absorbing monologue. The bustle of the outside world will disappear for an hour.
Performed charismatically by actor Jake Addley, it suggests, at times none too subtly, that the trials of this endearing born dreamer’s colourful life – chief among them a harrowing teenage experience at military academy – fed their way into his immortal children’s fiction. Demons can be thwarted when cushioned with fantasy.
Its gently profound message – that our imaginations are more unique to us than fingerprints – is touchingly delivered mere inches from your nose.
C nova (VENUE 145), until 31 August, 2:50pm
Published in The Scotsman on 25 August 2015
Edinburgh Festivals 2015: complete coverage
• Get everything on our Festivals homepage – on desktop, mobile or tablet
• Looking for reviews? Check out the latest Scotsman reviews – or browse all the reviews ranked by star rating
• Watch all the latest videos from the #WOWwagon
• Get distracted by our Festival Blog
• Check out today’s half-price ticket deals
• Follow our social accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – and join the conversation with #WOWfest