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Chopping Chillies (Clair Whitefield / PBH Free Fringe)

By | Published on Tuesday 25 August 2015

Chopping Chillies

Clair Whitefield’s ‘Chopping Chillies’ is an international narrative of coincidence and charm. It’s just unfortunate that it that only really picks up in the second half. In the first half, Whitefield doesn’t really manage to present the Indian Kalari (martial arts) house in a relatable fashion, instead relying on its exotic locale to impress. However, later – despite an inadequately explained shift between Southern India and Camden – the show’s most interesting characters begin to interact and satisfyingly mesh together. It’s a solid example of a modern day fairytale: quaint in tone, yet timely enough to sustain interest. Whitfield’s show is wonderful to watch, and for the most part carries itself quite well. Audiences will be highly rewarded for waiting until the show’s conclusion.

Cowgatehead, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Robert Stevens]