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Our Fathers (Babakas)

By | Published on Monday 5 August 2013

This totally charming experimental piece uses film, dance and comedy to have a good hard look at childhood and parenthood. The characters are the cast fictionalised, and the three – lively, crazed singleton ‘Sofia’ (Sofia Paschou), pouty Situationist dancer ‘Bert’ (Bert Roman) and contemplative actor ‘Mike’ (Mike Tweddle) – more than fill the stage trying to understand their fathers. There’s no fourth wall: ‘Sofia’ dates the entire audience, snuggling up to us one by one, eventually having our child. Babakas’ many innovations – the home-video footage, multilingual jokes, a dramatised Skype call and life told through diaries – are fun as well as intelligent, emotive as well as outré. By the end some understanding dawns, experiences in common being about enough. Wonderful.

Summerhall, until 25 Aug, 12.30pm.
tw rating 5/5 │ [Gavin Leech]