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Faust/us (DBS Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

This intriguing one-man production fuses the classic legend of human vanity, greed for power, and deals with the devil with projection, animation and physical theatre. Yet, there is something ‘Monty Python’-esque about the whole thing – offbeat animations, silly voices, absurd humor – although I’m not sure the quiet audience got this. Calum MacAskill has a pliant face, mask-like and grotesque. Likewise his physicality is freakily contorted, although unfortunately overshadowed by sometimes superfluous projections. Is the demon in the electronics, the audience wonder, as MacAskill is strangled by a telephone wire? Is the one-man show doomed to a hubristic fate itself? Playfully alternative and ridiculous, this ‘Faust’ doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Sweet Grassmarket, 22 – 28 Aug, 7.00pm (7.50pm), £7.00 – £9.00, fpp262.
tw rating 3/5