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Odyssey (Theatre Ad Infinitum)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

Theatre Ad Infinitum have a phenomenal track record at the Fringe, so any new show comes with huge expectations. This solo show, an adaptation of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s an incredibly physical piece, telling the story of Odysseus’ journey home after the fall of Troy – actor and co-writer/adaptor George Mann gesticulates wildly, with a certain movement for each character and location like a kind of devised sign language. The words and movements are remarkably precise and controlled, and it can be almost exhausting to watch, requiring constant vigilance to keep up with the narrative-heavy story. This is a perfect example of uncomplicated, compelling storytelling and definitely recommended, but only if you’ve had enough sleep the night before!

Pleasance Dome, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Gemma Scott]