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The Master And Margarita (Sleepless Theatre Company)

By | Published on Friday 26 August 2016

The Master and Margarita Ed2016

As I walked to St Cuthbert’s church, I couldn’t believe I was going to see ‘The Master And Margarita’; the venue seemed either a perfect fit or perfectly profane. This immersive, site-specific adaptation of the Russian novel was mind-blowing, and not just because of the venue. Sleepless Theatre Company manages to honour the source (famous for being impossible to adapt), keeping its magic and weirdness with only a few props, lanterns, and a great deal of talent. As in the novel, the plot is hard to follow, but the balance of narrative, dramatisation and visuals lured the audience into Bulgakov’s quaint world, despite the complicated logistics and acoustics. This production is one of those Fringe gems you’ll remember for years.

Zoo at St Cuthbert’s, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Aida Rocci]