The Lonely One

****

Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine is the inspiration for this suspense drama. It is set in 1928, in Midwest America in summer time when the days are hot and the nights are dark and cloudless.

A good suspense has a building of tension by degrees but with some humour as a contrast to the underlying menace. This production has all these qualities and more. The opening scenes may depict mundane activity but there is a serial killer on the loose. The action unfolds to a final scene where a young woman is making her way home late at night. By the use of very creative lighting effects and a powerful script, the experience is totally gripping.

The Lonely One is a splendid success for Rachel Warr who, as well as playing the lead role, is also the director and wrote what is a beautifully descriptive script. She is supported well by cast members, Jennie Fox, Gilbert Taylor and Sophie Steel.

Reviewed by Ben

Underbelly Cowgate: 61

2 to 26 August 2012 (not 14)

18.50 – 19.50

Fringe Programme Page Number: 293

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