Credit: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

The Domino Effect

An intensely physical performance which utilises set, costume and the actors' bodies to create stunning visuals.

Venue: theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53)
This is London but not as you have seen it before; Tower Hamlets is inhabited by a watchmaker’s family, a butcher and a construction worker but also sprites, magic dominoes and the possibility to buy time. The central family is the Rahmans whose only daughter Amina never speaks, not because she can’t but in a silent and unnerving protest at the state of the world. At first we are shown the devastating consequences that the smallest action can have, but eventually, entering into her own fantasy world, Amina learns how to harness the power of a set of magic dominoes, which right the wrongs in her neighbourhood. With the smallest of actions she has the ability to determine the future for the better. The play has a supernatural element but the message is in fact very realistic: our actions have consequences way beyond what we imagine.

The bold and striking physicality of the play is its strongest aspect and the constantly evolving set is used to its best potential. A manifestation of the debt collector as an all consuming sand creature (most of the cast beneath a distorting, moving yellow sheet) is particularly effective, capturing the terror of overwhelming debt in a Doctor Who like creature. The representation of time as a jolting form made up of the entire cast is also perfectly executed.

Aspects of the play are slightly confusing though, as it is not clear which elements of the fantasy reside only in Amina’s head and which are real within the reality of the play. Stylistically it is faultless creating incredible visuals, but the narrative itself could be stronger and it's message clearer.

The play is beautifully acted with a smattering of comic moments and inventive use of props and physicality. Especially if you like the weird and wonderful this is a must see at the Fringe.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53)
Nicolson Street
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