Love, Lies and Taxidermy at SummerhallCultureTheatreEd Fringe
A script jam-packed with hilarious moments, Love, Lies and Taxidermy is a touching boy-meets-girl story with a twist. From taxidermy (the title does not mislead) to porn, no one is left disappointed by the play’s promise of a quirky divergent from the typical love story.
The interaction between the actors is impressively slick and the passing dialogue from one performer to another matches the complicated lighting shifts in a successful capturing of the audience’s attention. The script is simply hilarious, as well as touching and the actors are a true asset to it’s potential. The plot line needs competent players to convince us of its absurd truth, and they succeed without question. The cast must similarly be complimented for their brilliance at performing in the round, making the audience feel constantly included in the story, attended to and involved in the kinetic action, removed from yet still a part of the plot, with colloquialisms directed towards theatregoers at frequent points.
The enthusiasm present is refreshing; a clear love of the production exudes from all taking part as they seem genuinely grateful to be sharing the work they have so beautifully polished. The constant music in the background does provide a sense of atmosphere, but at times it is frustrating as it cancels out some of the dialogue that is so impressively delivered. Perhaps the absence of this would in fact increase the mood, and with a selective dashing of music the piece would no doubt be more emotional. Nonetheless, Love Lies and Taxidermy is a triumph.
Love, Lies and Taxidermy is at Summerhall from 5th until 28th of August 2016, for further information or to book visit here.