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|I really enjoyed this
Written by Kathleen Glancy
(8/23/2013 10:59 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, NA on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, penned by Kathleen Glancy
and was glad to see a good audience (on a Wednesday early evening) and good reviews attached to the posters outside. 5 stars from the influential freesheet, 3 Weeks! The adaptation was very clever, with Henry and Catherine being played in live action by the two puppeteers and the rest of the somewhat compressed characters by the beautifully crafted puppets, who you would swear have lively expressions when "speaking". Some characters are omitted - Frederick Tilney doesn't appear(Isabella still manages, offstage, to find another man) and Catherine is received by Mr and Mrs Allen on returning to Fullerton instead of her family but this was certainly due to the constraints of time and the number of large puppets two people can manage at once. The future Viscount's washing bills (he is another omitted character) probably were not in a series of anachronistic envelopes of ever decreasing size and certainly did not begin "‘Oh! Thou - whomsoever thou mayst be, into whose hands these papers fall" before degenerating into instructions about starch in anachronictic bloomers, but it was hilarious anyway. I particularly liked the visit to Woodston being conveyed in one of Henry's word pictures rather than enacted directly - it was very sweet. All in all, it would have been perfect but for the imbecile who had forgotten to switch off his mobile phone and was called in mid-show - all credit to the performers for paying no attention while he located it and hit the mute button, amid glares and tuts from the rest of us. If you get the chance to see this, go.
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