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Whistle (Martin Figura / Escalator East To Edinburgh / Apples And Snakes)

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2011

It begins with a quiet stage on which the only illumination is photographs on a slideshow screen; a man in black steps out of the shadows, and the lyrics begin. This hour-long poetic autobiography – accompanied by images from the poet’s 1960s childhood – pivots around the murder of his mother by his schizophrenic father. Martin Figura’s story is a fascinating one, observed with wry humour and gentle wit, and the keenly-observed richness of the world he conjures up allows the audience to almost taste his emotions. The complexity of the poetry means it’s difficult to comprehend at times, and although some might find the show to drag, it is carefully paced for the most; an emotional and powerful performance on the whole.

Zoo, 5 – 29 Aug (not 15, 25), 1.45pm (2.45pm), £5.00 – £7.50, fpp311.
tw rating 3/5