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Chasing Dragons (Nottingham New Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2011

Papier-mâché dragons, singing witches and chivalrous knights: sounds like a Fringe remake of ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ on paper doesn’t it? However, if you are expecting a typical knight’s tale, you’ll be disappointed as this is a play about escaping reality through fantasy. It also draws some interesting parallels between faith and fanaticism, as Jesus is described as “some Jewish rabble writer” and fantasy novelist Edward as a “holy creator”. Although the ‘dragon’ works as a powerful metaphor for the demons that spoil a perfect world, a physical dragon – despite the impressive costume design – appears unnecessary, as actors themselves don’t seem to know how to respond to it. The dragon could have done with remaining solely figurative.

C soco, 3 – 29 Aug (not 15), 13.05pm (13.55pm), £6.50 £9.50, fpp248.
tw rating 3/5