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Funeral (Ontroerend Goed)

By | Published on Monday 14 August 2023

They’ve shocked, provoked, charted the end of the world and stared millions of years into the future in previous Fringe shows. Flemish company Ontroerend Goed this year tackles one of the biggest, most universal subjects of all: death. As ever with these Belgian tricksters, there’s a question of surrender and vulnerability: how much can we trust these theatrical provocateurs to handle our deceased loved ones with respect and reverence? Quite a lot, it turns out, in a show that combines grief, celebration and release in a thoroughly secular ritual for a temporary community of mourners. Saying more would turn magically unexpected moments into something far more humdrum. It’s a quietly devastating way to start your Fringe day.

ZOO Southside, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [David Kettle]