Sunday, 20 August 2017

EDINBURGH FRINGE REVIEW: The Time machine at the Assembly Roxy


Stephen Cunningham takes us on an amazing journey into the future as the world ends in HG Well's Time Machine. We travel forward 8000 years as human life is extinguished by the growing sun and he experiences the only creatures that can exist in the harsh environment . It is a nightmarish cautionary tale exhausting to watch and I am sure to perform.

He transports us from Victorian London using his adapted pocket watch as he transcends the years and his excitement at his invention slowly evaporates into fear and despair . He conveys the journey with few props and a powerful physical performance , drawing the audience in at times as if explaining what he has seen to a Victorian audience. 

The simple setting is brilliantly lit by Martin Tucker and creates the moments of transcending and the dark shadows of the future world . His simple costume by Kate Flanaghan immediate sets the period and poses the question , "why trainers" hinting at a character out of his time.

Written and directed by Elton Townsend Jones , the play successfully uses HG Wells' novel as a spring board to send us into the future with a stark warning of what is to come in a theatrical treat.

Review by Nick Wayne 

Rating: ★★★★
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