Two of a Kind - Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Review (Me & Mi Theatre Company)

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Picture this - a play with a cast of 2. One of them is a man, one of them is a woman. And they don't fall in love. They don't even kiss, or have sex, they just share a stage building a genuine friendship. With the impact of sex and romance in all media, it was refreshing to see two compatible protagonists treat each other like real people treat each other, that is, not everyone is constantly falling in love with each other.

"Two of a Kind" would have been a 4 star show, based purely on the merit of the actors. Holly Ashman and Gwithian Evans perfectly complement each other, under the directoral guidance of Henry Prenn, and the performances are just so incredible.

However, the fact that this brand new script is so very excellent makes this show an easy 5 star. I was captivated from start to finish. The character development and plot points are perfectly timed to the second, I just didn't want it to end.

The show is mostly dialogue - there's minimal action. In plays like these, it can be very easy to skim over the blocking to try to get it done as quickly as possible, but it's clear that attention was put into every little detail.

One thing I particularly liked were the scene transitions, which was the passing of time, rather than a location change. The cast moved props around in darkness, and then the lights came straight back on and the tone changed very quickly each time - it was really fun to see unfold.

Overall, the combination of first rate actors, a first rate script, first rate direction, and first rate tech, "Two of a Kind" is one of the easiest reviews I've had to write at the Fringe this year because it was just such a joy to both watch and think about.

Verdict: ★★★★★

"Two of a Kind" has now finished it's run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

By Lewis Forman


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