Northanger Abbey (Box Tale Soup)
By Patricia-Ann Young | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2016
Jane Austen with puppets – how quintessentially Edinburgh Fringe. This premise allows performers Antonia Christophers and Noel Byrne to pilfer Austen’s vast range of quirky characters with aplomb, only putting the puppets down to act as the romantic leads Catherine and Henry. The puppets are a charming oddity that allow both actors to display their range, but they do bring a childish quality to a story that certainly isn’t for children. The clash between the puppet gimmick and the narrative becomes increasingly grating, but there is still plenty here for lovers of Austen’s work, nailing her wry humour whilst also being sweetly romantic. An interesting take on a classic, ‘Northanger Abbey’ is ultimately as charming as it is jarring.
Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Patricia-Ann Young]