Theatre review: Vessel
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Vessel at theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36), reviewed by Susan Mansfield
Five siblings gather to remember their brother who was lost at sea, and attempt to build a boat in his memory. They banter, argue, reminisce, and gradually past events come more clearly into focus. With nothing but flashlights, a rope and a white cagoule, the five performers evoke a storm, both physical and emotional.
Fine Frenzy Theatre, a new company formed by recent graduates from Nottingham University, clearly wanted to set themselves a challenge, particularly as all five performers need to master Irish accents.
Peter Cary’s play captures the different personalities of the siblings in their interactions, while hinting at the undercurrents which run between them.
The play moves backwards in time as the five act out and remember scenes from their childhood and the personality of their lost brother, John, starts to emerge.
At times, clearer signposting would be helpful, and the frenetic bouts of physical theatre which punctuate the action make the story feel disjointed. But there is plenty here which is promising, helped along by Angus MacRae’s haunting original score.
MORE INFO: Vessel at theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36), until 24 August
Originally published in The Scotsman