ED2011 4/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Fragments Of Ash (Notional Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 12 August 2011

Spine-tingling and intense, this striking piece of new writing and moving production will have audiences gripping their seats from the first second. It focuses on the parallel stories of two mothers’ experiences of war. Clêr Stephens gives a stunning performance as Eleanor, whose narrative is cleverly interwoven with scenes from her past. The corresponding story of Rashida is portrayed through physical theatre. The dramatic staging can be unsettling and the use of both live and pre-recorded music is hugely effective in heightening the tension at the climax of the play. Emotionally charged throughout, it deals with issues such as terrorism, war and grief, giving it a distinctly ethical message. Not for the faint-hearted but certainly a rewarding experience.

Venue 13, 5 – 27 Aug (not 15), times vary, £5.00 – £8.00, fpp 263.
tw rating 4/5