A Strange Wild Song

****

The story is set in two time zones. It begins with three boys playing in the ruins of a French village early in World War II. This is played for its full comedy value and displays the antics of the children playing out a war game. Suddenly, a soldier appears. After the initial apprehension, the soldier enters into the spirit of the boy’s game and takes photographs.

This is followed by a fast cut to modern times when the grandson of the soldier is presented with the camera and its contents discovered by an archaeological society. From this point on, a mystery begins to take shape since the soldier’s unit was wiped out 70 miles from the discovery of the camera.

Subsequent scenes flick back and forward in time and build up the tension. What we are left with is haunting and poignant.

Rhum and Clay Theatre Company successfully demonstrate the quality of teamwork in their staging of this play. The set created is complex and frequent split second timing during the performance is needed between the four performers, the musician and technical crew. This was achieved brilliantly.

Reviewed by Ben

Bedlam Theatre:

3 to 25 August 2012 (not 13 & 20)

21.00 – 22.00

Fringe Programme Page Number: 185

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