Saturday, 12 August 2017

EDINBURGH FRINGE REVIEW: Atlantic: America & The Great War at the Assembly Hall

“Atlantic: America & The Great War” tells the story two African American sisters who on the eve of WWI uncover their complicated European ancestry. When one disappears while tracing their lineage overseas, the other must leave home for the first time to find her. 

A leading cast of 4 actors, supported by an ensemble of 12. From the moment they stepped on stage I was captivated. Although this is a new musical, it felt familiar and welcoming. It was easy to follow and immerse oneself in.

Annabelle (Abigail Stephenson), Jane (Mariah Copeland), Jesse (Neal Davidson) & Martin (Preston Smith) lead this fierce cast in an exciting hour-long adventure. Seamlessly Directed by David H. Bell, there isn’t a moment in the production where the energy dipped. With a very well utilised minimal set the audience is transported on ships, trains, coaches & into the battlefield. 

What really polishes the entire piece off is the fantastic ensemble work displayed. The cast work tirelessly to create a world that we can immerse ourselves in, all with step out roles where they shine as individuals and show off their fantastic vocals. Special mention must go to Philippa Cassar who brings her musicianship to the piece by playing guitar with the fantastic band under the musical direction of Patrick Summers.

I left the theatre feeling moved and wanting to be able to download the soundtrack. I’m also already looking into heading back to watch it again. If you are at Edinburgh Fringe this summer, this really is one not to be missed. Just Wonderful.

Review by Bryan Mennings

Rating: ★★★★★
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