FRINGE REVIEW – Aberglas (Zoo Pleasance)

*****

6-30 Aug,
1300 (1400) @ The Zoo, Pleasance

Review by Danielle Farrow

Aberglas is a well-written, enchanting tale, with beautiful puppets, about stories as treasure and the adventure of discovery. Exploring an old journal, two sisters – realistically squabblesome and loyal – seek more of the stories they love and find their way into a magical world. Here the girls meet with a fair elf, a squirrel couple, a lady knight and other intriguing characters, and learn about temptation, desperation and dedication along the way.

The physical aspects of fights and larger puppetry are not always fully realised, but these seem mostly teething problems of a young company, as did some of the actors taking a little while to warm into commitment to their characters. Throughout, though, the performers are all engagingly charming in themselves, just like their stories.

Aberglas has great potential and is already an entertaining family show, with humour, beauty, depth of thought and a much-appreciated opportunity to meet some of the puppets at the end.

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