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Recursion (Olsson Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2011

There is an epic strength in soft sounds and silence. Using only their voices and one carefully selected piece of piano music to fade out of their performance, Olsson Theatre achieve quiet brilliance with their adaptation of ‘Recursion’. On seeing a very young cast, I worried they may not be able to carry the complexities of this play with adequate skill. My fears were left unfounded. The black-shirted narrator had the effect of centring the cast – well-paced and solid, his stage presence was notably mature. The red-shirted Paul achieved a subtle bright-eyed insanity, but at times his nervous demeanour went beyond his character. Complemented by careful lighting and an adequately minimalist set, the acting alone makes this a must-see.

C Soco, 3 – 29 Aug (not 16), 4.30pm (5.15pm), £6.50 – £9.50, fpp291.
tw rating 4/5