Lilith

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe: C Electric
By Edfringe05,derek - 12th Aug 2005
Act Provocateur International present a version of the story of Lilith from the Torah. While there are many positive elements to the show, a lack of energy and commitment allows us no sense of danger or excitement. With a cast so comfortable with full nudity, it is perverse that the director has placed several scenes behind a central box – out of view of the audience – surely not to play safe? The opening scene, which has Adam & Lilith writhing then emerging from a gauze bag like a birth sac, is beautiful – but why is it coyly hidden? Sound & music are well used. The use of lazar light on Lilith’s dance is beautiful, but the lighting for the cabaret Munroe is poor. The script is simplistic. Whilst this is fitting for Adam & Eve, the later scenes are not credibly written with the new Adam & Eva accepting too much without question. Dominique Panell (Lilith) grows in power throughout the piece. Sal Esen makes a poor Satan – unclear diction, shuffling feet and no command of stage or audience. A production which is frustrating in its failure to provoke.

Derek Benfield

C Electric 22:40


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