Don Juan Venue 50 (CECA Edinburgh College of Art)
This is based on Moliere’s play and is a Jack in a Box production. The performance lasts one hour and is well-crafted in terms of movement, lighting and characters being frozen as the Devil and the Don argue about the latter’s conquests, guilt, hell and so on. There is a bit of slightly irritating Mozart ‘Rondo alla Turca’ which reminded me of being put on hold on the telephone!
There is a very good sword fight and I could make out the sword/rapier glinting with the lighting and hear the sound of the swords during the fight. Perhaps in drama school there is a fencing master similar to Thibault, who I discovered during a study day at the Wallace Collection (http://profwhitestick.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/noble-art-of-sword-study-day-wallace.html ). The choreography between four of the players was also very good.
I thought the Devil (Luke de Belder) played his part very well. It reminded me of Mephisto and even an old performance of Faust I had been to. The Don was suitably wearied as the play moved from being rather funny to getting quite dark. By the now the servant, Sganarelle (Rory Hern) appeared to have been chastened and things were getting quite serious. The flashbacks continue as the play reaches its conclusion. The sound and lighting cues were excellent throughout.
This venue is extremely friendly (this is my third visit) and I was escorted through the art college building. Food and drink are available. The crepes are worth investigating as you wait for another performance.
‘Miranda’ (Rebecca Denmark) engaged with me on the High Street in Edinburgh and told me about the production of The Tempest. I knew roughly where Niddry Street was and a day or so later we went to Venue 9 called The Space. This is quite a steep cobbled narrow street in Edinburgh and take care on the pavement / sidewalk . The front of house staff were very good in telling me about other events in other locations and offered to help in any reservations.
This was a really enjoyable show and presents The Tempest in an imaginative way while stressing the importance of the dialogue. The company is called Squeaky Door (www.squeakydoor.co.uk) and they can be found on Twitter on @Squeaky_Door.
This production of The Tempest is on tour so listen out for a performance in your area.