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Burton’s Last Call (Dotted Line Productions)

By | Published on Monday 5 August 2013

The first time you meet our actor he is not in character, explaining the constraints of the Free Fringe and thanking the audience for their attendance. But when he emerges from behind that black curtain only a short moment later, the transformation is undeniable. His portrayal of a declining Richard Burton is effortless. It may seem rather cliché, but it would not do him justice to say anything other than that he becomes Burton: charming, pained, brutally honest, complete with acerbic wit, unashamed of his ambition or his background, and wonderfully unabashed about acknowledging his talent. A powerfully intimate performance, perhaps geared towards an older audience, but charming nonetheless in its simplicity and realisation.

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, until 24 Aug, 3.45pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Otamere Guobadia]

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