The Attic Collective’s War in America is passionate, emotional and committed – but not over-earnest, and certainly not polite. The second production by this company for young performers set up by the Festival City Theatres Trust, continues to fulfil the promise shown by their excellent Lysistrata.
In V-TOL’s latest production, Mark Murphy brings the thrill of his Glasgow Commonwealth Games closing ceremony to the stage, immersing the audience in a mix of aerial choreography and projection. However, with theatrical moments crafted purely for their visual effect, the dialogue lacks substance and the plot can feel sluggish.
It’s a brilliant, inventive and perceptive deconstruction of the Saturday night out. Originally performed at the Fringe in 1977 as a two hander it first appeared as a four-hander in the early Eighties. But this is the nineties remix, reworked again from its Yorkshire origins so that it has a solid Edinburgh feel to it.
Resolutely theatrical and visually arresting, the version of Jane Eyre at the Festival Theatre retains the flavour of that well-loved book while succeeding admirably on its own terms. This adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel was originally devised for the Bristol Old Vic and is now touring in partnership with the National Theatre of Great Britain.