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Lula Del Ray by Manual Cinema (Underbelly and Manual Cinema)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

It can be an overused phrase in Fringe reviews, but Manual Cinema really are creating something unique. They use live actors and musicians, along with projections and shadow puppets, to create the dreamy, otherworldly tale of a young woman whose obsession with space travel is matched only by her obsession with a pair of musicians. We see both the final filmic images projected onto a screen and the actual process itself – a real peek behind the curtain. There are small, intimate moments juxtaposed with sweeping landscapes and huge satellites; the movements poised and graceful, while the muted colours are almost hallucinogenic at times. Though the narrative can feel a little lacking in substance, this is nevertheless a beautiful, technically outstanding show.

Underbelly Med Quad, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Gemma Scott]