Never None (But She) - Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Review (Asterglow Theatre)

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Photo credit: Dyan Rizzo-Busack

Into an hour long package, Asterglow Theatre pours love, passion, humour and music.

I think the key term with this production is "integration". Integration of folklore and modern(ish) society; integration of actors and live performance with pre-recorded audio, and integration of genres. The tech was particularly well integrated, with entire conversations seamlessly occurring between cast members and pre-recorded audio clips. The lighting followed a similar pattern of seamlessness and naturalism.

The subtle commentary the piece makes is very rewarding to uncover: that is, the discrimination against the women with magical powers, or, "witches", that goes to the point of those in political power framing them for crimes, perfectly represents views of old society on particular social groups, that unfortunately still prevail in some parts of the world.

There was a lot of singing in the play - mostly pertaining to scene transitions. It started off cute, and then samey, and then it came right back round to impactful as the whole cast got involved, and words were ascribed to the tune for the final scene of the play. It was a tear-jerking moment.

"Impactful" is another word that relates a lot to this play: the jokes really linger and make you belly laugh, and the emotional moments also linger. Equally, the all female cast only added to the effect as the only hint of male input was from an audio clip. Even as a male myself, it was empowering to watch.

I'd recommend this show to anyone who can get themselves up early enough to see it. It's a great time, with some beautiful set and costumes, and absolutely stunning uses of technology. It isn't one to miss.

Verdict: ★★★★

"Never None (But She)" runs until 24th August at theSpace Triplex, Studio. at 11.05am.


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