Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: A Matter of Life and Debt, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott.
This is a hyper-imaginative and wildly ambitious production that feels like it’s been created by writer Samuel Masters after he had a particularly bad experience with an insurance company and decided to respond, as you do, with an absurdist piece of political theatre. It follows a woman on a journey through the emerald offices of Live, Love, Life Insurance after her shop burns down and she tries to make a claim.
A fantastical place filled with unusual characters, the mood has more in common with The Wizard of Oz than your average office block. Particularly impressive for a Fringe production, it has a super set – one that enables the Norfolk-based performers to present the familiar issues of corporate greed and a lack of accountability in a fresh new way.
Encountering a collection of intriguing characters, the woman’s struggle to get a faceless corporation to give her what she deserves is a recognisable one.
The developing story doesn’t quite live up to the concept and could do with more shape, but the fluid direction and some well-choreographed combinations of physical theatre and dance make this a highly original if early-stage piece of work from a promising new company.
Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152) until 29 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 26 August 2015
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