ED2011 4/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Allotment (Nutshell)

By | Published on Sunday 14 August 2011

Handing out tea and scones in the summer drizzle, Nutshell welcome you to their allotment for this remarkable site- specific show. It’s the story of bickering, green-fingered sisters Dora and Maddy growing up in their garden, one sister domineering, the other damaged and dippy. Both performers enthrall, portraying childhood games and adult tragedies with total commitment and a striking physicality: one scene where they ceremoniously bury a lost teddy bear is simultaneously poignant and darkly humorous. The script is full of musicality and wordplay, drawing on all your senses to powerfully evoke emotion: the scent of mint and soil becomes a backdrop, while passing ambulances foreshadow events. Wonderfully alive, this is well worth braving the elements to experience.

Assembly Inverleith Allotments, 6 – 28 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), times vary, £10.00, fpp237.
tw rating 4/5