Sunday 19 August 2012 | By

ED2012 Theatre Review: Captain Ferguson’s School For Balloon Warfare (Oracle Theatre, Inc)

ED2012 3/5 Reviews ED2012 Theatre Reviews

A heart-warming monologue sees U.S. Army Captain Thomas Ferguson enrolling the audience in his Balloon Warfare School. Written by Isaac Rathbone, the play is based on WWI balloon aviator, Captain Chandler. The degree of historical accuracy is unclear, but this didn’t distract from the performance by David Nelson, which was charmingly poignant, with superb delivery and a facial expression for every emotion. With his insecurities and ambitions exposed, it was easy to both dislike and empathise with Ferguson, as his desperation to prove himself drove him to crazed decisions. At times the language became a little tedious and the attempts at audience participation seemed superfluous to the act. However, for those seeking theatrical fulfilment it was a satisfying watch.

Assembly Roxy, 1-27 Aug (not 13, 20), 11.15am.
tw rating 3/5 | [Hannah Sweetnam]

OR READ MORE ABOUT: |

  • TW Podcast at the Edinburgh Festival 28.08.15
  • Three To See on 29 Aug: Edmund The Learned Pig, The Remnants, Going Viral
  • Total Theatre Awards presented for 2015
  • Three To See on 28 Aug: Michael J Dolan, Soweto Afro Pop Opera, Abnormally Funny People
  • ‘A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing’ wins Amnesty prize
  • Ally Houston: Clowning with stand-up
  •