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Antiquithon (Cie des Femmes à Barbe)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

You should definitely seek out this quirky slice of fun Fringe freakery; it’s a little off the beaten track, but well worth the walk, even though it’s only 30 minutes long. You are ushered into the macabre “cabinet of curiosities”, inspired by carnival sideshows, by your hosts Ourelia and Vodek Cazaniescu. Exiled from Romania with only their creepy uncle’s assorted ephemera – a mummified crocodile, a tiny mermaid, the dread spiderabbit – they make a living by charging people to hear the grim mythological back-story of some of these antiquities. Things take a dark turn, however, as the occult curios reveal their secrets. A glorious mix of the comic and the creepy, with a shocking climax.

Institut Français d’Ecosse, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Leask]