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Three To See 2018: Three shows with eccentric themes

By | Published on Saturday 28 July 2018

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three theatre shows with eccentric themes.

Passionate Machine | Zoo Charteris | 3-27 Aug (pictured)
“Remember PE kit. Cancel Free Trial. Call mum. Everyone writes instructions to their future selves. But what happens if the future starts writing back?” Hurrah, a show from Rosy Carrick that blurs the boundaries of time and space in some way, I really love things that do that. It features familar people and characters, like David Bowie, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Rocky Balboa, setting them against a backdrop of your favourite time travel movies, while exploring letting go, having the courage to take the untrodden path, and finding yourself.

In Pursuit Of Andromeda | Greenside @ Nicolson Square | 3-25 Aug
I must admit I was attracted initially to this because of its setting, but then I discovered that it’s got a mermaid in it, which made it a great addition to this eccentric themes section. It’s about a fisherman of the Scilly Isles who one day rescues a mysterious woman, singing in an unknown tongue, from the sea. The pair form a strong bond, but it seems as though something a bit sinister might be going on, when reports that locals are going missing from the islands start to emerge. I am expecting it to be rather good.

Paradiso | Zoo Charteris | 19-27 Aug
This is a fab sounding piece from an acclaimed company all the way from Georgia, one with no words, which blends physical theatre with puppetry and music to tell the story of the final days of a group of three old men. Expect hope as well as sadness, and laughter as well as tears: “Paradiso is the magical place where old people turn back into babies. Here, death is not the end – it’s the beginning of the circle of life”.

Photo: Sharon Kilgannon