“It’s nice if someone remembered if you once existed.” This rings in the heart of each of us and is why this translation of this Finnish play makes an impact so simply and subtly. Alexander West’s portrayal of this elderly man could have easily been over-acted, yet his performance was calm, quirky and, above all else, truly believable. Following how this lonely man finds company in anyone (and anything), the unpretentious qualities of this play’s production and performance form an exemplary well-balanced tragicomedy. Not overly sweet or nor pitifully bitter, this beautifully crafted piece of theatre gradually gobbles you in your seat. And in its wonderful effortlessness, you won’t even realise it is happening.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug (not 13, 20), 12.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Ciara Knowles]