Drama

ED FRINGE: Cottage – Greenside @Infirmary Street Olive Studio, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Robin Winters

Writer: Ben Willows

Director: Maddie Hurley  

Having made its debut at the Durham Fringe Festival this year and won various awards, Sightline Productions bring their critically acclaimed production of Cottage to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Cottage tells the story of an old man who heads into a public bathroom. It ventures through the dangers of public sex whilst exploring the endeavour of queerness. The minimalistic set of two toilet seats and toilet paper set the location of this intimate show.

The three cast members all delivered their roles within the production impeccably, comedy is beautifully played, while tension is ramped up in all the right places. Played with truth and sincerity throughout. Ben Lewis captivates the audience from his first entrance, embodying the role of a middle-aged teacher exploring his sexuality brilliantly. We truly empathise with the character and the journey he is on.

Joining Lewis onstage is Stephen Ledger – together the pair build an exciting connection which is then challenged and wrestled with upon the appearance of Darcey de Winter – who brings the darker, nastier edge to proceedings.

The 50-minute performance will take you through a roller-coaster of emotions, you will laugh, you will feel completely heart-broken, you will feel complete. This Cottage is one not to walk past!

Runs until August 27, 2022

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