Next up, what sounds to me to be a most intriguing play. To my shame I hadn’t heard of it before but it sounds full of the challenges I relish from theatre. It’s Mercury Fur, performed by Fear No Colours, at The Main Space @ C Cubed, Celtic Lodge, Brodie’s Close, Lawnmarket, at 13:00 on Thursday 25th. This is from the official website: “In the burning and blood-soaked ruins of London, two brothers prepare a child for sacrifice as their only means of survival. Philip Ridley’s savage masterpiece asks how far we will go for the ones we love.”
Not too much information there, but I’ve done some research and it looks to me like Mercury Fur might resemble an Edward Bond’s Saved for the 21st century? I’m primarily going to see it because we saw both Fear No Colours’ productions of two Sarah Kane plays last year and they were superb. By Edinburgh standards this is quite a long play so check around 3pm to see how it went and by then the preview blog for our next show should be available to read too.
Just like last year, the thing that impresses me most about Fear No Colours is their ability to create vibrant, passionate and indeed violent theatre in a very confined space with incredible physical control and accuracy. This is a gripping and engrossing production of a play that, personally, I feel isn’t a patch on the Sarah Kanes they took on in 2015. It has a fascinating concept of how you get your kicks in a post-apocalyptic London, and there are some riveting sequences, but on the whole I feel the play is about half an hour too long. It’s also not as eloquent as Edward Bond! Great performances though, and terrific ensemble playing. Not physically gory but you need a strong mental attitude to survive!