Artem Kretov’s adaptation of Knut Hamsen’s novel probably holds more resonance at the Fringe than anywhere else. The story of an impoverished artist slowly starving as he refuses to compromise his work for commercial gains must surely ring true with the innumerate performers bankrupting themselves this month! Kretov’s performance in this one man show is exceptional. Zipping about the theatre space, both onstage and through the audience, he delivers an intense, high energy portrayal of a man going through a breakdown, both physically and mentally. Both funny and disturbing in equal measure, it is an extremely accomplished piece of theatre. It can at times be difficult to follow, but in truth this adds to the overall chaotic effect.
Paradise in Augustine’s 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 Aug, 7.10pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Iain Martin]