Theatre review: Melodic Dystrophy
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Melodic Dystrophy at theSpace @ Venue 45 (Venue 45), reviewed by Susan Mansfield
Two near-lifesize puppets take centre-stage in this play about an actor who discovers he has a degenerative illness which is progressing rapidly.
When Benedict Lyon collapses on the set of a TV series about Edgar Allan Poe, he suddenly has to confront his own mortality, Choy Wai Wan’s play packs an emotional punch. As Benedict struggles with Poe’s last poem Annabel Lee, thought to have been written for his dead wife, Virginia, he has to face up to his feelings about a tragic love affair of his own, showing that the prospect of imminent death can be, in its own way, life-affirming.
The two large puppets play all the major characters, but as the play is largely dialogue spoken by the puppeteers, the potential for visual storytelling is not fully utilised.
Until 24 August
Originally published in The Scotsman