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The Lost Lending Library (Edinburgh International Festival)

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2023

Well now, this was enchanting. Not gonna say much about why (spoilers) but anyway, we’re meant to be at this interdimensional library that pops up around the world according to its own whim. It fails to materialise until we (classic crowd improv) make up a tale that pleases it, then solve puzzles (escape room ultra-lite) before eventually sitting down for a bit of (excellent) storytelling and a clever, child-crowd-pleasing bit of callback. Really is beautifully done – there’s an incredible set for the main body which feels slightly thrown away: further exploration might have been nice, although I can see why you wouldn’t with several groups of youngsters a day. Whatever. A lovely homage to the power of imagination.

Churchill Theatre, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]