Nel (Scratchworks Theatre Company)
By Francesca Peschier | Published on Sunday 28 August 2016
‘Nel’ is a foley artist in the midst of an identity crisis. A foley artist creates analogue sound effects, usually for radio and, whilst this is certainly not the first production to bring this often strange art onto the stage, there were audible gasps at the ingenious effects, including a hot water bottle masquerading as a cat. Sian Keen is brilliantly expressive as the introverted but imaginative Nel, but plot points are lost as the musical numbers are just not loud or clear enough for the audience to follow the narrative lyrics. Scratchworks Theatre are a playful company, displaying moments of truly endearing inventiveness, but the story needs to shine at the same level as their special effects.
Pleasance Dome, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Francesca Peschier]