Sunday, August 16, 2009

"The Unravelling" - Edinburgh Fringe 2009

That Mulberry School for Girls and playwright Fin Kennedy have received a Fringe First award for "The Unravelling" is an extraordinary achievement but it came as no surprise to us. For the last two years they have produced charming pieces of theatre full of energy and humour and we told you weeks ago this one would be worth seeing - so no excuses for those of you who missed out on tickets in the rush once the award was announced.

Set in a fantastical fabric shop located near their East London home we meet three daughters challenged by their mother to weave enchanting tales to determine which of them should inherit the shop. The cast command the space brilliantly and the audience are instantly captivated by their tales. The whole cast are hugely impressive appearing completely comfortable on stage, but a special mention for Rabia Begum as the eldest daughter who brought a particular sparkle to the role. Each tale is stylishly performed with the help of some wonderfully creative props and costumes, but the tales are not as slight as they may at first seem. In the best tradition of fairy tales there are lessons to be learned. An absolute joy to watch.

Sadly the company won't be performing at next year's Fringe but "The Unravelling" is a fitting way to finish for the time being. It's been a privilege to watch their three shows and we look forward to them returning to Edinburgh before too long.

The Unravelling has completed its run at The Space @ Venue 45
Image used with permission