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The Duchess Of Malfi (UCLU Runaground)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Webster’s classic play about love, death and betrayal takes a lot of energy to perform, and UCLU Runaground’s talented and enthusiastic cast rose to the challenge. The production accurately represented the intense themes of the Jacobean tragedy and, though long for a Fringe show, skilfully got to the heart of the complex story in a mere hour and twenty minutes. The tale is a dramatic one with several twists and turns, but unfortunately the pitch of volume, energy and emotion seemed to plateau somewhat about halfway through the performance, and so ultimately, it lacked climax, which prevented the audience from remaining entirely immersed. It’s a committed and engaging production, for the most part, but would benefit from further development.

C nova, until 16 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Vicki Baron]