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Joseph Morpurgo – Odessa (The Invisible Dot Ltd)

By | Published on Friday 22 August 2014

If you ever get a dose of Fringe ennui, I unhesitatingly recommend Joseph Morpurgo’s ‘Odessa’ as the cure. Working with thirty seconds of found footage from early 80s Texas, Morpurgo crafts a bizarre, utterly hilarious tale of intrigue, mining every last pixelated detail of his source material for comic potential. His characters are darkly compelling creations, each with their own warped inner logic and razor sharp script. He also manages to engage the audience, drawing us in as co-conspirators in his twisted fantasy, through deliciously barmy and unexpected interactive elements. ‘Odessa’ is a weird wonder of a show; a silly, sinister, screwball tale that will have you crying with laughter and talking about it for hours afterwards.

Pleasance Dome, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andrew Bell]