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Joe Bor: The Story of Walter and Herbert (Joe Bor)

By | Published on Tuesday 6 August 2019

This deeply moving piece of storytelling recounts the friendship between Joe Bor’s grandfather (the town planner Walter Bor) and the actor Herbert Lom. Bor was prompted to tell the story as an apology for ignoring his grandfather in his youth, and to commemorate the Holocaust victims whose stories will never be told. He skilfully interweaves sound recordings, video and extracts from his grandfather’s unpublished memoirs. The use of a vintage typewriter is a nice touch, while the videos of Bor’s father’s tongue-in-cheek put downs of his son’s efforts are a real delight. As an antidote to the overactive cacophony of much of the Fringe, Bor offers a gentle, humorous meditation on friendship, family and the Jewish experience in the 20th century.

Underbelly George Square, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Charlie Ellis]