Seen at Edinburgh Festival Fringe on the 9th of August 2022
4 stars – powerful fresco
Famine, fire, war, and death. They are in the Bible, represented by the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. They are, also, in a more literal form, in the suburbs of big cities. Four women of different ages track a geography of Bracknell on the last school day before summer holidays. A seven-year-old child who lives with her mother, a teenager with high expectations for the experiences her holidays promise, a woman who recently lost her sister, and an old lady who hasn’t got many people left around her.
Somehow, all these women have a link with horses. The animal can be interpreted in numerous ways, as it becomes a leitmotif which recalls the biblical source of Casey Jay Andrews’s original storytelling piece. The four stories are intertwined in the most clever of ways, to then come together in a great, dark and powerful fresco. Feelings and gestures are described with great consideration of the sensibility of each character with respect to her age. Reactions unleashed by these feelings and these gestures, or by men’s behaviours, are allowed a legitimate place. In her refined performance, the writer and storyteller grants her female protagonists the right to be angry and the agency to react to situations, overcoming the expectation that they just withstand.
Despite some details in the sound volumes and the lights that could be improved, the performance is a powerful experience.
Aug 11, 13, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27; 6.50 pm
Running time: 1 hour
Venue 26: SummerHall Anatomy Lecture Theatre
Tickets and Info: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/place-that-belongs-to-monsters
Company Website: https://www.caseyjayandrews.com/