As the curtain opens we are faced with what appear to be two Smurfs. Though that perception is soon diminished. Two actors take to the stage (painted blue) for ‘The Last Fairytale’ and provide us with just that, the last fairy tale. Stories read aloud are accompanied by the miming of performers pretending to be puppets on a string. The acting was good, though at times their movement was a bit too free for string puppets, as if they had forgotten their restrictions. And it also seemed to take the audience quite a while to understand what was happening; at first I thought the movement had no real purpose. Though, as the piece progressed, the on-stage narrator did help to clear up my confusion. And by bringing what happens behind these stories to life, ‘The Last Fairytale’ does make you pose the question: what really happened to our favourite childhood characters and friends when the curtain was drawn?
Sweet Grassmarket, 2-26 Aug (not 18, 25), 7.25pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Rachel Campbell]