In Our Hands (Smoking Apples)
By Gemma Scott | Published on Saturday 13 August 2016
Smoking Apples have brought another gorgeous show to the Fringe. It’s a deceptively simple story about an elderly fisherman, dealing with the estrangement of his son and the disintegration of his struggling fishing community. It’s full of heart and pathos, told almost wordlessly, but the real delight is in the visuals. Samuel Wyer’s design is beautifully evocative and full of wonderful details – a net unfurls to create a whole village, a whole lifestyle. The father and son are both puppets, with each small gesture unbelievably expressive, and the performers too are a joy to watch – even the scene changes are entertaining. Though the pace might be a little sedate for some, this is an enchanting, sincere piece that deserves your patience.
Underbelly, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Gemma Scott]