Night of the Big Wind


I was completely absorbed by this show. It’s got one of the shortest descriptions I’ve seen in the fringe programme, but it’s full of detail and imagination. There weren’t any children in the audience, but I think this could be a truly universal show.

Nothing is spoken and so the whole story – which has minimal plot – is told through the actions and the songs. Five minutes in you’ll forget no-one’s spoken yet, by the end its obvious it wasn’t necessary. The main character is a puppet, who may as well not be for how well he’s animated, and there are some lovely notions with perspective involving him. The aural effects of the storm are brilliant, and coupled with the music and the action creates a tangible sense of tension. I was entirely unsure if there was going to be a happy ending.

This piece tells a simple story, and makes no pretention to anything else. But it’s done with such skill and attention to detail that I was entirely content to watch and wonder.

Reviewed by Laura

Underbelly Cowgate

until 25 Aug, 13:15

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