Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Long Road to Mrs MacIntyre’s, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott.
Mrs MacIntyre’s is a super independent coffee house on the Royal Mile and the ambitious little show performed here, by amiable but slightly frantic Yorkshire woman Ruth Worth, uses tape recordings in a highly innovative way to tell a story of childhood nostalgia and unlikely romance.
The audience participation, that treats us a little too much like the nine-year-old girl Ruth once was, is less interesting than the concept of creating a present-day dialogue with audio recordings from the past. A dramatic change of tone towards the end sits awkwardly and the script needs more development, but the idea has lots of potential.
Mrs MacIntyre’s Coffee House (Venue 153) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 26 August 2015
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