Mr Carmen

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Russian Engeneering Theatre Akhe’s production is wordless. There is much symbolism and as such it is curious and strange, but completely mesmerising. For a start, take the name of the play. There is the combination of a male title with a female name.

I won’t pretend to understand all the action that the two actors perform but it appears they are in life and death conflict using a vast collection of props. Intrinsic to the action are the dramatic illusions they create with lighting effects and a sound background with snippets of melody and percussive elements.

The play opens with the building of the set into a square shape, with each side being composed of a loop of string that is in continuous movement. In the opening sequences the two actors operate independently but as the play develops the two interact, thus building up the emotional intensity.

In truth, it is theatre more to be experienced than to be analytically dissected.

Reviewed by Ben

Assembly Roxy: 139

2 to 27 August 2012 (not 13 & 20)

18.00 – 19.00

Fringe Programme Page Number: 302

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