Skin Of The Teeth (Fat Content Theatre)
By Francesca Peschier | Published on Sunday 21 August 2016
An hour in the company of the boy who couldn’t feel fear is as unnerving as it sounds, especially when faced with the headlight stare of Daniel Holme’s Nicholas. Though billed as physical theatre, it is Holme’s micro-expressions that have the audience leaning forward not to miss the next twist. Anna Beecher’s cautionary tale has echoes of Angela Carter via Roald Dahl. Max Perryment’s excellent sound design elevates this alien yet familiar fable, both disturbing and compelling, but the emphasis is on plot rather than character development. It is rare for a UK audience not to be moved by a boy-and-his-dog connection but the detached character of Nicholas is hard to empathise with, even with added canine.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Francesca Peschier]