6-27 Aug (not 17, 24), 1800 (1850) @ The Zoo
Half the fun of the Fringe is finding that hidden gem that lets you feel like the first one to discover the next big thing. Turn up to this show early enough in its run and you might just earn yourself a reputation as a talent spotter, because this is something very special indeed.
A man begins recording the audio version of his book, a history of female aviators. Meanwhile, his partner sets off a journey to collect the ashes of her recently deceased, estranged grandmother. In doing so she uncovers the story of her grandmother’s life. These three strands intertwine to tell us about the history of aviation, but also to comment on the wider theme of travel as a metaphor for freedom, and to focus on the very personal journeys we all make.
Idle Motion are a young company but already an accomplished one. The performances are of a uniformly high standard and the actors bring real emotional depth to their story. The fact that this is a devised work makes it all the more impressive.
This production also offers some of the most clever staging to be seen on the fringe. The set is scattered with vintage suitcases of every shape and size. The cast bring these to life with puppetry-like skills to become everything from mini-bars to runways. Maps, models, paper airplanes and lights are also put to excellent use.
Ultimately however, simple text just cannot do justice to the magic of this production. You will simply have to go and see it for yourself!