Greene Shoots Theatre
The direction of this highly physical production of Molière's Tartuffe captures and ignites the frenetic energy of the original seventeenth-century French comedy. The story of the foolish patriarch Orgon, duped into giving all he owns to the slimy priest Tartuffe, was relocated very effectively into a modern executive world of suits and swivel chairs, where paparazzi constantly hounded and Tartuffe promised not only salvation but UN diplomacy. Inspired prop usage and a minimal but well-designed set meant that the cast's movement was focused on and the farcical elements of the original work were highlighted. The rhyming script was funny and punchy, and the acting lively and expressive, creating all-in-all a very impressive youth production.
C, 10 - 16 Aug, 11.15am (12.15am), prices vary, fpp 217
tw rating: 4/5
published: Aug-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival