The Search For Sunshine
This shone out from the run of the mill. In a silky waistcoat and pyjamas, Death accompanies his puppets on an accordion as they grapple with loneliness, fear and thoughts of suicide. Intelligent silences and meticulously observed character detail punctuated this punchy and chilling piece. A showcase of strong acting talent, especially with the performance of the deadpan, softly spoken and curiously tactile reaper played by Ed Caruana, who was almost Tim Burton-esque. Victoria Glass, as the nervously depressed Dawn, touched something beautiful and terrible at the core of desperation. This is a highly original production featuring a confident sprinkling of ingredients, from dance to stand-up style musings on mortality. The cast's hand in devising the play was evident as they effortlessly owned their material.
Underbelly's Baby Belly, 31 Jul - 24 Aug, 12.00pm (1.00pm), prices vary, fpp 229
tw rating: 5/5
published: Aug-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival