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Ulysses Dies At Dawn (The Mechanisms / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Thursday 15 August 2013

Folksy yet fantastical, this show is a surreal combination of classics, musical talent… and space pirates. The Mechanisms’ show is quite a lot to take in – they acknowledge their weirdness, but it’s worth sticking with it. They’re a seven-piece band boasting prowess on a couple of instruments each, and some serious vocal talent. Musically they’re ever-changing, ever-surprising and at times profoundly beautiful. The dystopian, gangster, urbane-meets-classical plot was difficult to follow precisely at times, so the tales and lyrics bounded and cascaded, leaving a heap of broken images in the mechanised wasteland. Telling an epic quest of wit, strength, song and love, ‘Ulysses Dies At Dawn’ is traditional in format, modern in telling, and it’s brilliant.

Whynot?, until 24 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 5.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Elizabeth Jewell]