Friday 17 August 2012 | By Andy Leask
ED2012 Theatre Review: The Life And Sort Of Death of Eric Argyle (15th Oak Productions)
The perfect antidote to any Festival-fuelled fatigue, or theatrical cynicism, this heart-warming play takes the audience, with Eric, on a Scrooge-styled tour of key moments from his life. Given the premise, you may expect a morose, sombre tale, but instead this is a hilariously comic play, with laughter punctuating the drama at unexpected moments. Dynamic use of props and lighting aid the cast in flitting through Eric’s life; the performances are almost perfect, barring a few moments where Olympic fever took over and they raced through their narration as if striving for gold. This doesn’t diminish the play’s undeniably cathartic effect. On leaving, the audience all had smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes.
Pleasance Dome, 1-27 Aug (not 13), 12.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Leask]