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Submarine (Popcorn Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 19 August 2015


Oliver and Jordana: two young people whose worlds literally revolve around them, as twitching mothers and corduroy-wearing bullies move about them, solemn and monk-like. The cramped stage is put to creative use as neat piles of props, each belonging to a different character, dot the edge. Piles of cardigans and phones – the melancholy sum of a domestic life? This is a nice compliment to the ‘mockumentary’ style, certainly, which is pleasingly more ‘Amélie’ than Woody Allen. Fans of the original Ayoade film will especially appreciate this, because it’s basically the film on stage, plus one track suspiciously resembling Desplat’s score for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’. Yes, this is a ‘cover’– but a fiercely, sweetly acted one. Lots of angst. And corduroy trousers.

theSpace on Niddry Street, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Sarah Murphy]