The Greatest Liar in All The World, Underbelly Cowgate, ✭✭✭
La Familia de la Noche bring their commedia dell’arte inspired dark version of a classic fairy-tale to the Underbelly for the 2013 Fringe. With impeccably executed puppetry, clown, magic and an utterly delightful shadow puppet sequence, this is a charming and aesthetically pleasing version of Pinocchio. The small cast make imaginative and evocative use of their few props and scenery and create some spell-binding visual images. The narrative structure is less a re-imagining of this classic tale, and more of a retelling – a vagabond troupe of travelling players reveal the true story behind their leader’s once legendary storytelling talents. While the production more than enchants in visual narrative, the spoken sections are less acutely realised. However, there is enough magic here to entrance adults, children and the young at heart.
*** (3 stars)
Runs until 25th August