FRINGE REVIEW – This Twisted Tale


A lonely little girl’s chance meeting with the devil leads her in unexpected directions in this visually appealing piece of aerial theatre from Paper Doll Militia at Leith on the Fringe.

With a costume and set design reminiscent of Tim Burton, the two performers use the imaginative set to climb, hang and perform balletic movements above the stage, as their twisted tale untangles.

The performers are obviously adept at their craft: moving with grace and supple subtlety to create some haunting set-pieces and striking routines. Although the narrative and direction is less strong, This Twisted Tale provides enough flair and creativity to hold the attention and impress.

Some adult language makes this unsuitable for a younger audience, which is a bit of a shame – as the storybook style and circus acrobatics on display have a broad appeal which children would enjoy. That said, the script and direction suit the darkly comic tone of the piece: where moral quandries and decisions hang suspended in the air with poetic style.

This Twisted Tale runs until Aug 28 (not Mondays) at 16:00 at Leith on the Fringe at Out of the Blue Drill Hall. More details here.

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