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Rewind (Ephemeral Ensemble)

By | Published on Monday 14 August 2023

Probably the best show I’ve seen so far on the Fringe this year. Top physical theatre, it has great music (and sounds), innovative and effective lighting, good movement and much creative stage business. There are a few words too but this is far from a literary theatre where words drive the action. Intense feeling can exceed the capacity of language and great theatre can recognise and express that. This play succeeds brilliantly, maintaining an affecting calm whilst addressing the most harrowing of experiences, the ‘disappearances’ of grown children under Argentinian dictatorship. The calm is of great sadness, patient science – forensic identification of the remains – and perhaps of completion. An apparently simply-told story but an extraordinarily powerful piece.

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