After seeing this production of the Wright Brothers, I feel I was more educated than entertained. Of course, Wilbur (Timothy Allsop) and Orville (Robin Hemmings) did succeed in making one of the most important achievements of the 20th century or indeed of any century. Their story is one of triumph over many difficulties, not least of which was the sheer danger of what they were attempting.
The drama of their dedication and perseverance to achieve their goal of the first powered flight is brought out to some extent. There is a neat use of a back projection screen to show slides of locations and their aeroplane ‘The Flier’ as well as film of birds in flight. On the other hand, there is too much emphasis in the way of technical detail – mathematical equations do not make for good theatre. Also, the humour in the action and dialogue is laboured.
It is a worthy production but not one to make a powerful impact.
Reviewed by Ben
Pleasance Courtyard – One: 33
5 to 27 August 2011 (not 8, 15, 21)
13.30 – 14.30
Fringe Programme Page Number: 313