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The Dreamer (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in association with Gecko)

By | Published on Friday 18 August 2017

Gecko are no strangers to the Fringe, but this is their first co-production with the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre – and it is nothing short of spectacular. Inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Tang’s ‘The Peony Pavillion’, this modern-retelling is performed in Mandarin, but it is their physical performances that help tell this story so effectively. Blending Gecko’s trademark style with dance and emotionally-driven movement, their performances are enhanced by the awe-inspiring stagecraft, with a set that constantly evolves as we flit between the mundane and the surreal. Accompanied by a spine-tingling soundtrack, this is physical storytelling at its finest; striking, compelling and awe-inspiring, the standing ovation at the end was wholly deserved.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 15 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Amy Bonar]