Thursday 11 August 2011 | By Jessica Ballance
ED2011 Theatre Review: Mr Darwin’s Tree (Wayfarer Productions Ltd)
Faith, science and doubt meet in this exploratory insight into one of the world’s most influential scientific theorists. Andrew Harrison flows seamlessly through an impressive and diverse range of characters; embodying each role with conviction, he delivers performances with the well-tempered subtlety of an adept actor. In his role as the narrator, Murray Watts skilfully weaves passages of description so rich that images rapidly materialise in our imagination. Powerful phrases evolve and grow in poignancy as they recur throughout the performance, and Watts’ fleeting and suggestive parallelisms hint at a deeper interconnectivity between characters which complements Darwin’s evolutionary theories remarkably well. An elegantly conceived, clever and highly informative performance, overflowing with gentle humour and charm.
The Playhouse at Hawke And Hunter Green Room, 3 – 21 Aug (not 8, 15) 12.00pm (1.15pm), £8.50 – £9.50, fpp282.
tw rating 5/5