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Her Green Hell (TheatreGoose)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2023

This is a true horror story – the horror of falling from a disintegrating plane two miles above the jungle and surviving to find human remains all around, including (as confirmed later) your own mother. The story here focuses on Juliane Koepcke’s two-week journey to safety which she achieves as much through her knowledge of the environment as sheer will to survive. Rainforest has its dangers, but your chances improve if you can recognise and deal with the actual rather than imaginary ones. This reality is well portrayed with some creative theatre-making with a fine story-telling performance by the excellent Sophie Keen. It’s compelling throughout. By the way, Juliane Koepke still loves the rainforest where she lives and works.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alan Cranston]