‘Dollface’ Review

‘Dollface’ is an i.e. production that follows the story of Marion, an artist struggling to move on, whilst battling against his emotions, regrets and the expectations of the other characters. In fact every character of the performance has his or her burdens to live with, each one adding to the Sisyphean theme that underlies the performance.
The small talk given on the walk up to the performance area was a nice addition, as it distracted from the hike up the hill. However the speaker was a bit on the quiet side, and given that the talk was about the performance and let the audience in on some details that they might not have been aware of otherwise, it would have been better if they had spoken a little louder.

That solitary nitpick aside, Dollface is a very good and emotive production that uses music, props and puppets masterfully, improving more and more with every performance. So don’t let the opportunity to sample this truly unique piece of theatre pass you by.

‘Dollface’ Review

Sat atop of Castle mound, hidden from the town below by a ring of trees, we bare witness to Marion, the writer who has stopped writing. Thinking aloud on top of the hill, and with an affinity to friends with names beginning with M, we start to piece together exactly what, or who, caused our poet to lay down his pen (or quill as the case may be).

With bits of poetry, puppetry, music and more, the small ensemble bring to life the struggle to create art of any kind, and what it takes to give a little part of yourself to your work, through showing us a man who can no longer bring himself to do such a thing.

Quietly funny and sad in equal parts, this is well worth a watch, and as it is the first piece that i.e. have created I’m excited to see what they make next.

‘Well Thumbed’ Review

With one of the most intriguing premises of this year’s fringe, ‘Well Thumbed’ is a funny, well thought out and gleefully irreverent production. The one man show explores the filth and sex that is spattered all over the pages of classic literature, covering a whole spectrum of sexual themes.

Well Thumbed has compiled a bawdy anthology that includes extracts from the likes of Bronte, Shakespeare and even explores unlikely sources like Charles Dickens and the Bible. Yet an even bigger part of why this show is so good is the sheer joyous energy that is present from start to finish. Terry Victor engages brilliantly with every quote, delivering them in such a comical fashion and interacting with the audience in such a way that it’s impossible not to laugh out loud at every line.

So if you’re aged 14 and up and want to laugh your a*se off, this show is definitely for you.

‘Storyteller Of The Year Entertains’ Review

Because of the raving reviews from the likes of Dr Phil Hammond & the Chippenham Folk Festival that hailed it as both “brilliant” and “captivating”, this show had a lot to live up to. Add an auspicious title into the mix and it’s hard to believe that ‘Storyteller Of The Year Entertains’ could deliver on all it promised to be.

Well good news, this show is every bit as excellent as it appears. It is filled with poems that are both well crafted and intelligent; each one packed with clever wordplay and multisyllabic rhymes that cover recent events with a comedic touch that makes the show truly unique. As well as its contemporary poems, The Storyteller Of The Year also has non topical gems to offer its audience; from a raunchy sexual proposition for Mother Nature, to the tragic demise of a callous cat named Catastrophe and a handful of hilarious others.

In short, Storyteller Of The Year has so much entertainment to offer and comes highly recommended from everyone who has been lucky enough to experience it.

‘The Forgotten Tales’ Review

‘The Forgotten Tales’ is a Parable Arts production that used a wide variety of music and folk stories in order to reconnect the audience with the heritage and culture of the British Isles.

One of, if not the most impressive part of this performance was the amount of energy Jon Buckeridge puts into it – whether it’s the myriad of accents (none of which seemed out of place or poorly done) that he uses to give the characters a life of their own, or how much effort he puts into acting out some of the scenes in the folk stories. From start to finish the pacing of Forgotten Tales was at a constant, transitioning seamlessly between music to folk story and then back to music with no noticeable pauses in between.

The comedy of Forgotten Tales is also praiseworthy; an aspect which had it not been perfect would have ruined the atmosphere of the whole performance. Instead the occasional humour was a well thought out addition to an already excellent production, which makes the stories, and Forgotten Tales as a whole, that much more enjoyable.