Tuesday 9th August 16.00
More shadow puppetry in the Potterow, only this time it is the turn of Manuel Cinema to keep us entertained rather than
Darkchat-favourites Bunk Puppets. The big question is, are they up to the task? In short, yes they damn well are,
with brass knobs on top.
The story, not to give anything away, is about sisters Ada and Ava who have lived their lives together in an isolated ketty
as lifehouse keepers. When tragedy hits them, it is up to one to come to terms with life without the other, and it proves to
be an unbearable life of solitude.
The most obvious thing to be in awe of is the sheer detail and creativity of the world and characters that Manuel Cinema
have brought to life. Using every trick in a book they must have clearly written for themselves, they breathe more life into
inanimate objects, silhouettes, characters and locations than most Hollywood film directors can manage. Combining OHP
slides and real life actors seamlessly, the production takes you on an hours-long journey that is perhaps the highlight of
the Fringe, not just for enthused shadow-puppeteers like Legs but to people of all ages. And to top it off, the story is
more than splendid also.
We were overjoyed at how full the auditorium was, for there is always the fear that a show like this will be overlooked by the more serious festival-goer (there may be some out there) as a mere children’s show, and it is anything but. It is in the theatre section and quite rightly so; if there was a ‘go and see this its bloody brilliant’ section, it would be in there too.
We ada good time, and were dismayed when we had to leava