Reviewer: Clare Howdon
Theatre company A Slightly Isolated Dog are not the first to recreate the famous tale of Don Juan: the world’s greatest lover, but they have certainly put their own unique spin on this epic celebration of the boldness of love. Set as an interactive performance party complete with physical comedy and twisted pop songs, Don Juan is a joyous hour of innovate and irreverent theatre.
Directed with vigour by Leo Gene Peters, A Slightly Isolated Dog impressively manage to maintain their lightning-fast pace and infectious energy throughout the entirety of the production and the result is a delightful, albeit rather silly, take on Tirso De Molina’s classic tale.
This show is not for the audience member who wishes to remain passively anonymous as from the outset, the spectators are well and truly part of the show. Hardly anyone is spared from the loving attention of at least one of the performers. However, what is most commendable is that this never feels threatening or awkward. Audience members are cast in crucial cameo roles and fed lines by the cast, with hilarious and unexpected results.
The flashy costume design and camp pop-song soundtrack compliments the flamboyance, playfulness and energy of the talented cast perfectly. Despite giving off a sense of chaotic anarchy, the ensemble has meticulously rehearsed this show, with each moment evidencing an impressive amount of precision.
This show is arguably more of a pastiche than an adaptation, but it is undeniably the perfect antidote for when the inevitable ‘Fringe Fatigue’ sets in; a fun-filled and highly entertaining afternoon of theatre.
Runs until 27 August 2018 | Image: Contributed