Tuesday 21 August 2012 | By Veronika Kallus
ED2012 Theatre Review: Panning for Gold – Free (Thrice Three Muses / Laughing Horse Free Festival)
Life is beautiful, suicide is poetic. And cruel and adventurous and stupid. In this marvellous performance, three stood-up brides are trying to come to grips with their experiences – and with the consequences they led to. After attempting suicide, they are committed to attending group therapy. Over the weeks, and with various techniques, the whole stories are brought to light, leading to partly hysterical outbreaks, despair as well as laughter and relief. The four actors manage to create a dense and believable atmosphere in a claustrophobic place, and have the possibility and the ability to impress, be it in role play, recreating Cleopatra’s death by Shakespeare, or simply by pointing out how important and positive counselling can be.
Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 3-26 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 2.05pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Veronika Kallus]