The Anniversary – The Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Anna Ambelez

Writer: Salvador Dinosaur

Director: Peter Houghton

Jim( Daniel Tobias) and Barbara (Clare Bartholomew )are no ordinary couple, celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. Described as Mr. Bean meets the shining, all just accelerates into bedlam. Relying 95% on mime with only the odd utterance of their names and exclamation of approval or annoyance Jim and Barbs take you through the setting up of their anniversary celebration. In preparation for their guests, food flies, falls abound, balloons burst, tables collapse, unspeakable treatment of a pet and chaos reigns.

One necessity of farce is five entrances, this set (Bronwyn Pringle) has eight. The technician (Marty Schlansky) has his hands full with the constant changes of lighting (Bronwyn Pringle) and sound effects (Steph O’Hara) which all add to the fanatic pace of the show, as thunderstorms and rain abound. The stress of fifty years together begins to take its toll and the tensions begins to show quite dramatically.

While actors a fraction the age of the characters they are playing with very false wigs can be excepted in such a ‘mad’ show, the stage crew creeping in the wings and instantly handing props at the side is distracting; if it is obvious a crew member is part of the action then fine but the audience do not wish to see off-stage action when not relevant, sight lines need to be observed.

The Anniverasry is presented by a multi-award-winning Australian team of writers, directors, producers, actors and clown teachers, Daniel Tobias and Claire Bartholomew and produced by Brisbane based Cluster Arts, management specialists.

If you are a lover of the absurd and like to see two performers acting and working their socks of in a master class of mime and performance, this show is for you. The packed audience loved it.

Runs till 28 August 2022

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