Theatre review: Shazam!
Theatre review: Shazam!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Shazam!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Don’t worry about the magic, it’s incidental here. The story may be about a magician named Phil, but the magic he’s seeking to rediscover isn’t so much what goes on onstage. He’s lost his confidence as a performer and can’t see it …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Shazam!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock

★★★

Don’t worry about the magic, it’s incidental here. The story may be about a magician named Phil, but the magic he’s seeking to rediscover isn’t so much what goes on onstage. He’s lost his confidence as a performer and can’t see it returning, but it’s the magic inside which has deserted him – the sense of wonder and amazement at life which the recent death of his partner while she tried to save a drowning child has robbed him of. Now Phil is back at home with his mum, in an area where she worries about the “smackhead thugs” all around, and he seems to have lost the will to do anything.

There’s a slight lack of focus in Blue Frog Theatre’s young company production, and it doesn’t quite crescendo as we may hope it might, but there are some lovely, resonant moments in there. Phil remembers carefree bedtimes playing with his adoring younger brother, who in adulthood is taking on his mantle as a magician, and reveals with poignancy the story of his partner’s death.
All the while, the sense of involvement in these characters and their stories is resonant for the audience.

theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39), run ended

Published in The Scotsman on 29 August 2015

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