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Beowulf (Take Thou That)

By | Published on Sunday 19 August 2018

A tender retelling of the great Anglo-Saxon poem, which puts the adventures of Beowulf side-by-side with the story of nine year old Sophie, whose mother is battling a different kind of monster – cancer. The fantastic ensemble cast bring plenty of excitement to this performance as they leap about the stage, speaking in Old English and drumming on furniture as Sophie reads the story; while the quieter moments, between Sophie and her mother, are full of emotional impact. The stage feels a little cramped at times, but the performers do their best with the space they have. Overall, this is an impressive, intelligent piece of theatre, which celebrates the joy of literature and the courage of women and girls.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 17 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Marni Appleton]