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Hamelin – The Last Child (Youth Music Theatre Scotland)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2013

With performers as young as 13, this musical-theatre production, (devised and accompanied by the performers themselves) is quite impressive. A patchwork of stories exploring the loss of children, flanked by the tale of the Pied Piper, the concept was interesting and – judging the reaction of my surrounding audience members – emotionally provocative. Amy Louise Rogers delivered an impeccable interlude of spoken word, and proved herself a true all-rounder when she quickly re-took her seat with the band afterwards. Susana Cardosa’s monologue unpicking the tragedy of miscarriage also raised sympathetic tears from the audience. The company’s experimentation with dramatic physicality sometimes obstructed the narrative, leaving the audience somewhat confused; however, the performance was socially aware, touching in places, and accompanied by excellent musicians.

The Edinburgh Academy, until 10 Aug, 7.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Kate Pasola]