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Caligari (Chewboy Productions)

By | Published on Monday 15 August 2022

A silent film classic, ‘The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari’ is here presented by five actor-musicians who, with spare but visually strong staging, resurrect the expressionist horror story. The music (derived from the original accompanying score) is a major player, creating a varied and atmospheric sound stage with the instruments themselves part of the action. There’s good acting too, with clear telling of a potentially hard-to-follow story (remind yourself of it before going). For me, the framing sub-plot is a slight weak point, though the concluding warning for modern times is powerfully done. I love actor-musician shows and this is one of the best I’ve seen. A beneficiary of an Untapped development award, ‘Caligari’ well merits a continued life.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Alan Cranston]